A Central issue for Academies

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Bishop Fleming’s Head of Academies, Pam Tuckett, looks at centralisation as a way forward for struggling academies, on the back of the publication of the 2018 Benchmark Report. Whilst I was working on the Benchmark Report, I […]

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Guide to using the Benchmark Report

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Our recently released benchmarking report is a useful tool for both single academy (SAT) and multi academy trusts (MAT) to assist with your academy planning. The body of the report This details our core findings […]

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Autumn Budget 2017 for Academies

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The Chancellor’s Budget on 22 November 2017 contained little to cheer about for academies. With the exception of new money for maths and science, there was little to ease the effects of seven years’ of […]

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What is GAG pooling?

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Everywhere you look these days the sector is talking about General Annual Grant (GAG) pooling as the future and one way to help ease the funding crisis in a Multi-Academy Trust. I’m going to explain the […]

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School Buying Hubs

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The Department for Education (DfE) is bringing in a new service to help schools with more complex buying activities. The service is part of the Schools’ buying strategy, which is intended to assist schools’ to […]

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General Data Protection Regulations: what Academies need to know

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Academies will need to gear up for the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that take effect from May 2018. The GDPR replaces the existing Data Protection Act and extends the rights of individuals over the […]

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Developing your Multi Academy Trusts

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If you are looking at establishing or growing and developing your Multi Academy Trust, the EFA have a guide with good practice tips to help you. This guidance gives advice on factors that the Regional […]

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Education- Budget Update

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The last 12 months have been interesting to say the least! It started with the White Paper and the headline ”all schools to become academies” which threw the sector into change mode. The “U-turn” that […]

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Schools’ buying strategy document January 2017

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The DfE has published a document which it believes will be useful to academies when they are looking to save the £1 billion a year mentioned in the report and the £3 billion of savings referred to […]

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Schools National Funding Formula

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Probably the biggest academies news of the year was the release last week of the consultation on the proposed new funding formula. The consultation can be found here https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/ If you want to know how […]

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