Monthly Archives: February 2013

Annal Nayyar reports that Ofsted state Town halls should tackle poor school governors

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has challenged councils to take rapid action in schools where the governing body is underperforming.

In a speech at the Policy Exchange think-tank today, the chief inspector of schools also called for a more professional and better-trained cadre of school governors, with some being paid for their efforts.

On the role of local authorities, Wilshaw said they had a ‘vital’ part to play in driving school improvement.

He said: ‘The best local authorities use their powers effectively. Yet my annual report found that since 2007, nearly half of local authorities have not any interim executive boards in place, and 70 local authorities had not issued a single warning notice. This is unacceptable.’

Councils should use the school performance data collected and published by Ofsted to support their interventions and help them act decisively, he said. ‘This is something we will be looking at very carefully in our forthcoming programme of local authority inspections and any future inspections of academy chains.’

Wilshaw also made a plea for school governors who were equipped with professional skills. He said that, where there was a shortage of suitably qualified local volunteers, ‘radical solutions’ should be considered.

Annal Nayyar – blogs-Chief inspector raises the stakes for school governance

 

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, will today launch a powerful new online tool designed to support governors to hold their schools to account. He will say that there will be ‘no excuses’ for governors who don’t understand and challenge their school robustly. He will call for more paid governors, better training, and for more professional governors drawn from both the public and private sectors. He will also challenge local authorities to take rapid action where governance is weak.

The School Data Dashboard will for the first time provide a simple, publicly available overview on a single page of how effectively a school is performing in test and exam results and attendance compared to other schools. Ofsted will publish a dashboard for over 20,000 mainstream primary and secondary schools. The new dashboards will be updated every year.

Services Offered by Annal Nayyar and fis-edsolutions – His summary description of education specific experience and Knowledge -

Services Offered by Annal Nayyar – His summary description of education specific experience and Knowledge -

A qualified and currently practicing accountant – with over 20 years’ experience in Local Government Finance – specialising across education finance, providing consultancy and project management.

In-depth knowledge of all school financial requirements, processes, project management skills to deliver academy transfers (both sponsored and traditional convertors), and client base includes currently working with major corporate educational specialists on a number of school based projects.

Thorough understanding of all the accounting requirements, standards and processes required by all internal and external stakeholders.

 

Free Schools – Service provided from bid submission to set up and readiness to open stage.

 

Currently providing financial services to Local Authority Schools, Academies (includes Multi Academy Trusts) and Free Schools. Corporate client base includes Capita PLC (Sponsored Academies /Free Schools).

Please view my web pages for comments provided by past and present clients:

www.annal-nayyar.co.uk and www.schoolsfinancenews.co.uk

Areas of work covered include:

Schools Finance, Academy Status – Including Free school set up , Governor Training ,responsible Officer Provision

Local Authority Finance: Central Services coordination and management, Adult and Children services, Budgeting Monitoring, Closure of accounts, Section 151 duties and responsibilities

Member and officer training

Option appraisals

Budget setting

Medium term planning

The Transfer of Employment (Pension Protection) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The Transfer of Employment (Pension Protection) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

This consultation asks for views on changes to the Transfer of Employment (Pension Protection) Regulations 2005 S.I. 649 which affect pension protection arrangements following a Transfer of Employment.

annal nayyar reports dfe Monitoring visits guidance for local authorities

Monitoring visits guidance for local authorities

Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to monitor the administration of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests. The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) may also make monitoring visits to maintained schools.

Monitoring visits help to ensure that the security and confidentiality of the test materials are maintained, and that the tests are administered correctly and consistently in accordance with the published guidance. They also give headteachers a formal opportunity to demonstrate how the tests are administered in their schools.

Annal Nayyar updates on the the DFE Supporting documents for schools converting to academies

Model Memorandum and Articles of Association

Academy trusts are charitable companies limited by guarantee and are the entities that enter into funding agreements with the Secretary of State to establish academies. In order to set up an academy trust, the Memorandum of Association will need to be completed and the Articles of Association will need to be drawn up and agreed with the Secretary of State and registered with Companies House.

The Memorandum of Association sets out the name of the academy trust and provides for details of the three subscribers who wish to form the academy trust and become its members under the Companies Act 2006. The Articles of Association prescribe the internal management, decision making and running of the academy trust and its liability. The Memorandum and Articles of Association will be annexed to the funding agreement for each academy.

Converting schools are not expected to make changes to the model Memorandum and Articles of Association. Schools should also note that before they incorporate the academy trust, using the latest version of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, they must clear the Articles with the Department

Annal Nayyar –Charging – The purpose of advice provided by the DfE is to help headteachers and governing bodies set out their policies on charging and remission for school activities and school visits.

Full details on the law on charging for school activities in schools maintained by local authorities in England is set out in Sections 449-462 of the Education Act 1996. This advice accurately reflects the terms of the Education Act 1996, but it is not a substitute for those terms.

Annal Nayyar- On 19 December 2012 the Department announced the details of the school funding settlement for 2013-14. This included details of the local authority Dedicated Schools Grant allocations and the illustrative allocations for the Pupil Premium.

Pupil Premium

The illustrative Pupil Premium allocation tables for 2013-14 are now available.

The illustrative figures are calculated using the higher Pupil Premium level of funding for 2013-14 of £900 per pupil. The Service Premium level of funding will also rise in 2013-14 to £300 per pupil.

The illustrative figures use the January 2012 school census data and looked after children numbers from the March 2012 SSDA903 return. Final allocations for 2013-14 using 2013 pupil data will be published next summer.

Annal Nayyar reports on Consultation on Replacement of the Education (Inter-authority Recoupment) Regulations 1994 with the Inter-authority Recoupment (England) Regulations 2013

The DfE are currently running a short technical consultation with local authorities and other interested parties on replacement of the Education (Inter-authority Recoupment) Regulations 1994 with the Inter-authority Recoupment (England) Regulations 2013. The consultation period will end on Monday 25 February

Annal Nayyar – update- EFA academies external assurance

Academies are charitable companies and also classified by the Office for National Statistics as central government public sector bodies. Academies are therefore subject to public standards of accountability.

They are required to appoint an accounting officer (generally the principal) who will have personal responsibility to Parliament for regularity (spending money for the purposes intended by Parliament), propriety (handling money honestly and avoiding conflicts of interest) and value for money.

The Academies Financial Handbook offers advice on the financial systems and controls that academies should have in place to meet the expected standards of accountability. From time to time the Education Funding Agency (EFA) may carry out financial reviews at academies to advise on these systems.

Within this framework, academies are responsible for their own financial management and, in particular, are expected to operate a balanced budget. However, the EFA has special responsibility for obtaining assurance on academies’ financial health and requires them to submit a copy of their budget to the EFA each academic year. If an academy has a deficit it will be required to produce a recovery plan for agreement with the EFA.

Academies are also expected to complete a self-assessment of their financial management and governance. The EFA may undertake validation of the evidence provided.

Academies are required to prepare annual accounts for each academic year ending 31 August and to have these accounts independently audited and published. Exemptions may apply in a school’s first year of conversion.