Monthly Archives: January 2013

Annal Nayyar and Fis-EdSolutions commissioned to project manage school establishments who are forming as a Multi Academy Trust.

Annal Nayyar has been commissioned to provide a full finance support package and project management of schools in the South East who are forming as a Multi Academy Trust (MAT).

Hull City Council is consulting on plans to axe non-statutory free school transport in the face of government cuts, sparking outrage from parents and teachers.

Hull City Council is consulting on plans to axe non-statutory free school transport in the face of government cuts, sparking outrage from parents and teachers.

The council has launched a review of their free transport policy, stating it needs to radically re-think its approach.

A cut to all non-statutory provision would affect around half of the 1,900 children currently receiving free school transport from the local authority, potentially saving the council as much as £366,000 a year

Annal Nayyar and Fis-EdSolutions commissioned by Primary Special School to Project Manage conversion to Academy Status

Annal Nayyar and Fis-Edsolutions have been commissioned to project manage the conversion of a primary special school to Academy status. This will include full finance due diligence and commissioning and review of other required services….

Annal Nayyar blogs- Education Committee takes evidence on the Role of School Governing Bodies

The Education Committee will hold an evidence session on Wednesday 30 January 2013 the first session of its inquiry into The Role of School Governing Bodies. Purpose of the Session

In this session the Committee will take evidence from a panel of school governors and their representative body and a panel of headteachers, Ofsted and an academic expert to explore the main issues in their new inquiry into the role of school governing bodies.

Annal Nayyar updates on when will 2012/13 rate adjustments be made?

Where converter academies have submitted their rates bills to the Education Funding Agency and have still to receive a revision to their payments we can advise that we are currently in the process of amending their GAG documentation.

The adjustment to the GAG in respect of the rates revision will be then reflected in the payments made to the academy in March or April.

Further detail will be shared directly with individual academies as their rates bills are processed.

Annal Nayyar provides an update on -When can you expect payment for FRS17 statement submission? How much will it be?

The grant payable is set at an average cost of £1500 for those obtaining their first FRS17 valuation and £700 for those obtaining valuations for subsequent years.

There is no requirement to submit an invoice to the Education Funding Agency (EFA), as the amount payable is set as above. The EFA will make payment when the FRS17 statements have been received.

The first block of payments were made in January and another set of payments will be made in February.

Annal Nayyar updates – Academy Accounts Return and Audited Financial Statements:

Academy trusts who are preparing 31 August 2012 financial statements must submit their completed accounts return for 2011/12 to the Education Funding Agency by 31 January 2013. This should be done through the academy trust’s auditor once the auditor has completed their review of the return.

Annal Nayyar – Suggests Really Positive news – Pickles to relax planning laws for free schools

Ministers have today announced a change to planning rules to allow free schools to establish themselves in offices, warehouses or other premises without applying for planning permission first.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Education Secretary Michael Gove said the move would cut through the red tape that is holding back the development of the schools.

The change will allow free schools to occupy new premises for 12 months before having to apply for change-of-use permission. This is intended to remove concerns that the schools will not be able to open on time. Securing the correct planning permissions can take free school proposers up to a year.

Under the new regime, local authorities will have to carry out only a limited assessment on proposed free school sites, checking for traffic and noise issues.

Pickles said: ‘It is vital that free schools can plan with confidence to be able to open at the start of the academic year and these new planning measures will provide that certainty for both schools and parents.

‘We want to make sure every child has the opportunity to benefit from a good education. By streamlining the planning permission process, we can ensure new schools can open, good schools can expand and all state-funded schools can improve their facilities.’

Gove said he wanted to make it as easy as possible for free school proposers to find suitable properties.

‘I am delighted that we are cutting the red tape that delays free schools from securing a permanent home,’ he added.

‘Enabling free schools to move into their preferred site more quickly will mean they can concentrate on raising standards and providing parents with an excellent school place for their child.’

The change will come into effect in June and will benefit successful free school applicants in the current application round.

But teaching unions said the plans showed the government put its own ideological interests ahead of the health and safety of children.

‘It is the right of every child to attend a school that is in suitable premises that are fit for purpose and where their health and safety can, as far as possible, be assured,’ said Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers.

‘Parents will not consider these aims to be bureaucratic “red tape” but sensible measures to ensure their children are properly safeguarded whilst at school. That is why we have planning and health and safety laws in place and why councils are charged with making these judgements about the suitability of premises before planning permission is granted.’

Annal Nayyar blogs : Sponsored academies’ improvement in GCSEs outstripping other schools

The secondary school performance tables show that standards are rising in sponsored academies at a record rate – and more than five times as quickly than in all state-funded schools.

Across all state-funded schools, the proportion of pupils who achieved at least five good GCSEs (including in English and maths) rose by 0.6 percentage points. In sponsored academies, the increase was 3.1 percentage points.

The change in the number of schools below the floor also illustrates how many heads and teachers – in all state-funded schools – are responding to the new firm but fair floor standards introduced by the Government.

A school is below the floor if 40 per cent of its pupils do not achieve at least five GCSEs at C or better including English and maths, and if pupils’ progress is not good enough in both those two subjects. Last year the floor standard was 35 per cent in attainment, alongside the progress measures.

Overall 195 secondary schools are below the floor this year, 56 fewer than last year had the floor been the same (40 per cent).

The statistics also demonstrate how sponsored academies increasingly turn to academic subjects once they have got pupils secure in the basics of English and maths.

There was a six-percentage point increase (to 88 per cent) in the proportion of sponsored academies offering the EBacc – the combination of core academic subjects most valued by universities and employers.

Across all state-funded schools, 16 per cent of pupils achieved the EBacc, up almost one percentage point.

A DfE spokesman said:

These figures are further evidence of the great success of the Academy programme in turning around our weakest schools – sponsored academies are improving their GCSE results five times faster than other schools.

They reveal the amazing power of academy sponsors to turn around under-performing schools – often schools which have been persistently sub-standard.

This shows we are right to continue to support the sponsored Academy programme. These brilliant sponsors have a track record of arresting decline – and then reversing it.

 

Annal Nayyar blogs – How academy’s accounts feed into Whole Government Accounts

The EFA explain this as follows:-

The EFA uses a combination of audited accounts, financial returns and other information to generate the EFA’s consolidated accounts, which are then further consolidated into Whole of Government Accounts (WGA). The EFA’s consolidated accounts are audited by the National Audit Office (NAO) on behalf of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) in accordance with International Standards on Auditing and will undertake appropriate procedures in accordance with that framework to satisfy the C&AG that these accounts are true and fair.

To this end, each academy is a component of the consolidation and the academy’s accounting officer has a responsibility to prepare the financial information requested by the EFA for this purpose.