School Business Leaders

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As school business leaders (Chief Finance Officers, School Business Managers, Bursars etc.), you are key to ensuring good financial governance of an academy Trust. Without proper financial governance, the management and Trustees of the Trust […]

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Academies: lessons to learn from latest Financial Notice to Improve

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The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has issued a Financial Notice to Improve (FNtI) to Bolton University Technical College, dated 23 February 2018. The FNtI was issued due to a number of non-compliance points […]

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Academies: CEO Pay code required – true or false?

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Whether your trust is in financial surplus or deficit, the question around CEO/head teacher pay is always a dilemma for trustees. With no official guidelines or pay scales in place for academies, it can be […]

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Academies: ESFA Budget returns and guidance

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The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has announced the latest deadlines for financial returns this year, see here. The letters sets out all of the key reporting dates but also dates when further guidance […]

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VAT on charity income – grants and services

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HMRC has issued detailed guidance on when charity income can be treated as a grant and thus outside the scope of VAT, and when it is a payment for a supply and potentially subject to VAT. It is very […]

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Spring Statement 2018 – National Living Wage to rise

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Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed in the 2018 Spring Statement that the rates of the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage would rise from 1 April 2018, as previously announced in the autumn Budget. The hourly rates […]

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The value of School Business Professionals

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At a time when budgets are becoming increasingly challenging to manage; with schools and trusts facing pressure to do more with less, it might seem odd that we write to you about increasing resources in […]

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Cyber Security Awareness – know the risks

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Cyber Security Awareness Week takes place between 26 February to 2 March 2018 and organisations are being advised to make sure they are aware of the risks to their systems from cyber attacks and losses of data. […]

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Top Stars for Bishop Fleming in Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies Index

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Bishop Fleming is celebrating a significant leap up the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list after being ranked 26th in 2018, and the highest professional services firm in the South […]

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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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