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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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Academies and Fraud Prevention

Academies and Fraud Prevention

Posted by David Butler on August 14, 2017

As an Academy Trust, along with all other businesses, you must be vigilant to the threat of frauds and have appropriate controls and policies in place to limit your exposure. The Academies Financial Handbook states…

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Academies Financial Handbook 2017

Academies Financial Handbook 2017

Posted by Natercia Hughes on August 1, 2017

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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Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

Posted by Simon Morrison on July 14, 2017

The ESFA have published their most recent Financial Management and Governance Review into The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust, and there are some lessons for all Trusts to consider and learn from. The full report can…

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Leases- again!

Leases- again!

Posted by Ben Thorne on July 13, 2017

Once again we are discussing leases, triggered by the recent ESFA report that have highlighted their thoughts on the matter. As a recap, an Academy cannot take out any form of borrowing, and this includes…

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The new Academies Accounts Direction

The new Academies Accounts Direction

Posted by Peter Barretto on June 28, 2017

On 12 June the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) released the latest version of the Academies Accounts Direction (AAD) for periods ending 31 August 2017. So what’s new? Once again, the bulk of the…

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Company ownership becomes clearer

Company ownership becomes clearer

Posted by Gary Mackley-Smith on June 27, 2017

With effect from 26 June 2017 revised anti-money laundering measures increase the transparency of who owns and controls a company in the UK. The revised rules directly affect the Companies House register directions on people with significant…

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Young entrepreneurs praised for their enterprise

Young entrepreneurs praised for their enterprise

Posted by Press Release on June 25, 2017

A leading accountant in the South West has praised young entrepreneurs in the region for displaying skills and determination at the regional finals of the Young Enterprise Awards on 14 June 2017. Students from Exeter…

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Queen’s Speech June 2017

Queen’s Speech June 2017

Posted by Gary Mackley-Smith on June 23, 2017

The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 set out what the government plans to do over the next two years and in particular on Brexit. Eight of the twenty four draft bills in the Speech relate to the…

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