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MAT - Becoming an Associate Member

MAT – Becoming an Associate Member

Posted by Ben Thorne on December 14, 2017

Many schools continue to be apprehensive about taking the plunge and committing to joining a Multi-Academy Trust. Often the final decision can feel too large to gamble on and many are nervous that it may…

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Reminder of filing deadlines

Reminder of filing deadlines

Posted by David Butler on December 14, 2017

Eileen Milner, the new Accounting Officer for the ESFA, has written to all Academy Trust Accounting Officers to warn them of the new regime regarding filing of financial returns. The letter can be found here. The…

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SARA – does any Academy Trust identify with the sector results as a whole?

SARA – does any Academy Trust identify with the sector results as a whole?

Posted by Rebecca Watkin on November 30, 2017

The ‘Academy Schools Sector in England’ Consolidated Annual Report and Accounts (SARA) was released in October 2017. This report consolidates the results of the 2,984 Academy Trusts that submitted accounts to 31 August 2016. The…

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Autumn Budget 2017 for Academies

Autumn Budget 2017 for Academies

Posted by Pam Tuckett on November 27, 2017

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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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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