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Academies Sector Annual Report and Accounts

Academies Sector Annual Report and Accounts

Posted by Jessica Herbert on October 30, 2017

The Department for Education has, for the first time, published consolidated annual report and accounts for the academies sector. The report relates to the year ended 31 August 2016 and includes the financial results for all…

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What is GAG pooling?

What is GAG pooling?

Posted by Pam Tuckett on October 27, 2017

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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£53m MAT growth funding announced, but only for trusts with a good record

£53m MAT growth funding announced, but only for trusts with a good record

Posted by Joe Scaife on October 16, 2017

Just announced by government is £53m available to advance MAT growth and enable them to take on new schools. This is a continuation of the old funding that was previously known as The Regional Academy…

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Apprenticeship levy for schools

Apprenticeship levy for schools

Posted by Ben Thorne on October 13, 2017

As you will be aware the apprenticeship levy came into effect from April, with a charge of 0.5% of your payroll bill in excess of £3m. Just announced is a new service to help schools…

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School Buying Hubs

School Buying Hubs

Posted by Pam Tuckett on October 9, 2017

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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ESFA delays school land valuations until January

ESFA delays school land valuations until January

Posted by Jessica Herbert on October 6, 2017

The government has announced that the results of the planned valuation of academy land and buildings will not be made available to academies until January 2018. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (“ESFA”) is due…

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Finance, Governance and Skills Reviews – have you done yours yet?

Finance, Governance and Skills Reviews – have you done yours yet?

Posted by Sally Timmins on September 28, 2017

With the Autumn term well underway and a third of state schools reportedly in deficit, the time is now right to organise an external review to consider whether your academy/multi academy trust has the necessary…

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31 October 2017: Deadline for Academy Trusts to complete Land and Buildings Collection Tool

31 October 2017: Deadline for Academy Trusts to complete Land and Buildings Collection Tool

Posted by Tracy Lewis on September 27, 2017

The Land and Buildings Collection Tool (LBCT) is a return which requires academy trusts to provide land and buildings details for each academy school operated by the academy trust as of 31 August 2017. If an…

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New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment

New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment

Posted by Alison Oliver on September 22, 2017

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

Strategic School Improvement Fund – Round Two

Posted by Natercia Hughes on September 13, 2017

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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