New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment

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The Department for Education (DfE) has launched the second in a series of aggregated procurements for schools buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices. Schools buying computer equipment could save thousands of pounds by taking […]

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Strategic School Improvement Fund – Round Two

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The second round of the Strategic School Improvement Fund is now open. The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF) is a grant to support infant, primary, secondary, middle, all-through, alternative provision, special academies, maintained […]

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Do you need a Legal Entity Identifier?

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From 3 January 2018, legal entities such as companies, trusts, partnerships and charities will need to have a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) if they wish to trade on financial markets in the UK, or continue […]

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Bishop Fleming shortlisted for Excellence award

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Bishop Fleming is delighted to have been shortlisted for a major award by leading players in the accounting profession. The firm has been shortlisted for the Large Practice of the Year Award, which is a category of […]

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Academies and Fraud Prevention

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As an Academy Trust, along with all other businesses, you must be vigilant to the threat of frauds and have appropriate controls and policies in place to limit your exposure. The Academies Financial Handbook states […]

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Voluntary overtime counts towards holiday pay

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Employers face a flood of back pay claims following a tribunal decision that payments for voluntary overtime can form part of “normal remuneration” for the purposes of calculating holiday pay. The decision in Dudley Metropolitan […]

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Academies Financial Handbook 2017

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The Academies Financial Handbook 2017 has been released by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) and takes effect from 1 September 2017. This handbook is a key document that sets out the financial framework […]

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Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

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The ESFA have published their most recent Financial Management and Governance Review into The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust, and there are some lessons for all Trusts to consider and learn from. The full report can […]

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Academy leases – again!

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Once again we are discussing leases, triggered by the recent ESFA report that have highlighted their thoughts on the matter. As a recap, an Academy cannot take out any form of borrowing, and this includes […]

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The new Academies Accounts Direction

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On 12 June the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) released the latest version of the Academies Accounts Direction (AAD) for periods ending 31 August 2017. So what’s new? Once again, the bulk of the […]

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