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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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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Governance handbook and competency framework

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The Department of Education has released their latest update of the ‘Governance Handbook’.  As a summary, the Governance handbook explains: school governors’ roles and functions their legal duties where they can find support The January […]

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Long term absence of key signatories: Accounting Officer

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As we approach the season of academy accounts approval, it is worth recapping on the EFA’s advice on long term absence of key signatories , in particular the Accounting Officer (AO). The Academies Accounts Direction […]

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Teaching Excellence Framework: Year Two specification published

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In September 2016, the Department for Education (DfE) published the specification for Year Two of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), following its technical consultation launched in May. Background On 1 July 2015 Jo Johnson, the […]

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Expanding your Academy trust: resources for Multi Academy Trusts

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The Department for Education (DfE) has produced a list of resources on expanding Multi Academy Trusts. This consists of a series of links to guidance and sources of practical support. The areas where guidance is […]

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Guidance on sources of funds for charities

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The Charity Commission has published guidance for charities looking to raise funds. Charities looking to register with the Charity Commission will need to prove their income will be over £5,000 per year. Charitable incorporated organisations […]

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Register of People with Significant Control – how academies are affected

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From 6 April 2016 most UK companies and LLPs have a duty to set up and maintain a register of individuals or legal entities (such as companies) that discloses who has significant control over the […]

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