Monthly Archives: June 2013

Annal Nayyar updates – on free schools received £60m for ‘essential costs’, data shows

The government has spent almost £60m on helping free schools in England before they open and during their first year of operation, figures reveal.

The figures were published by the Department for Education after a ruling by the information commissioner.

In January, the government lost a bid to withhold information on free schools that are state-funded but independently run.

The money is in addition to the funding schools receive to teach pupils.

Details of revenue expenditure on free schools on the Department for Education website show almost £40m was handed to 72 free schools in their first year after opening.

‘Essential costs’

This “start-up funding” is to cover “essential initial costs, such as buying books and equipment” and other “additional costs associated with starting a brand new school”, says the DfE.

In addition nearly £20m was spent on schools before they opened “to cover everything they need to buy up to the point at which the school opens.”

The first 24 free schools opened in 2011, with another 55 in 2012. This funding does not include capital for buying a site or refurbishing buildings or money for free schools due to open later this year.

Private schools which convert to free school status do not receive start-up funding as they are already open and deemed to be fully equipped.

The data also shows that some £441,000 was spent on eight free school projects which were withdrawn before they opened.

Stephen Twigg, Labour’s shadow education secretary called the expenditure “scandalous”.

“David Cameron and Michael Gove have wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds on free schools that haven’t even opened. And millions of pounds have been spent on free schools which are being set up in areas where there isn’t a need for new places or demand from parents.”

The government said it made “no apologies for spending money on encouraging new people to come forward, offering new ideas and new ways to run schools”.

A spokesman added: “The evidence proves that new schools also encourage the ones which already exist to raise their game.

“Free schools are proving highly popular with families who expect better than the old ‘take it or leave it’ offer they used to get from the council. This process has a cost but the cost of educational failure is vastly higher.”

 

Annal Nayyar  reports that School spending stays protected from budget cuts

The schools budget for England will remain protected from budget cuts in the government’s spending review.

Chancellor George Osborne also announced plans for a fairer funding formula for schools to remove inequalities between different areas.

There will be funding for 180 more free schools and 20 university technical colleges and 20 studio schools.

Mr Osborne told MPs that spending on education was the “single best investment”.

The education budget for 2015-16 will “increase to £53bn and school spending will be protected in real terms”, the chancellor announced.

Funding formula

Mr Osborne promised that a consultation would begin for a national funding formula to address the way that money is not “equally distributed” between schools, the chancellor told the House of Commons.

He announced extra support for the creation of 180 more free schools in 2015-16, which are set up by parents or other groups. There are already more than 80 open with a further 200 in the pipeline.

Government’s promise to protect school budgets has been undermined by this disproportionate 20% cut to the vital support they receive from councils”

End Quote David Simmonds Local Government Association

There will also be 20 more studio schools which young people can attend part-time while working.

There will be 20 more university technical colleges which are intended to provide a stronger vocational education.

The protection of the school budget was welcomed by head teachers’ leader Russell Hobby.

 

Annal Nayyar reports that School spending stays protected from budget cuts

The schools budget for England will remain protected from budget cuts in the government’s spending review.

Chancellor George Osborne also announced plans for a fairer funding formula for schools to remove inequalities between different areas.

There will be funding for 180 more free schools and 20 university technical colleges and 20 studio schools.

Mr Osborne told MPs that spending on education was the “single best investment”.

The education budget for 2015-16 will “increase to £53bn and school spending will be protected in real terms”, the chancellor announced.

Funding formula

Mr Osborne promised that a consultation would begin for a national funding formula to address the way that money is not “equally distributed” between schools, the chancellor told the House of Commons.

He announced extra support for the creation of 180 more free schools in 2015-16, which are set up by parents or other groups. There are already more than 80 open with a further 200 in the pipeline.

Government’s promise to protect school budgets has been undermined by this disproportionate 20% cut to the vital support they receive from councils”

End Quote David Simmonds Local Government Association

There will also be 20 more studio schools which young people can attend part-time while working.

There will be 20 more university technical colleges which are intended to provide a stronger vocational education.

The protection of the school budget was welcomed by head teachers’ leader Russell Hobby.

 

Annal Nayyar –blogs – the latest timeline for Free Schools

Forthcoming application rounds (primarily for free schools opening in 2015)

In order to give free school applicants more flexibility, the DfE  will now run 3 application rounds each year. Groups may indicate the year in which they propose to open. A final decision on the school’s opening date will be confirmed during the ‘pre-opening’ period. This will be based on the length of time that the school needs in the ‘pre-opening’ phase.

The next 3 application deadlines are:

  • 12 noon  on 13 Sept 2013
  • 12 noon on 10 Jan 2014
  • 12 noon      on 9 May 2014

Information for applicants

Before applying, please read the following documents, available in downloads:

  • the guide explaining how to apply sets out the law and      policy for mainstream, 16 to 19, alternative provision and special free      schools and gives information on how you apply
  • the criteria booklet for the relevant type of free      school, which explains what your application must include

When you are ready to apply, you must complete the following documents, available in downloads:

  • the Excel application form and budget      planning template

Annal Nayyar- Blogs on report – New education funding system welcomed by poorest schools

Annal Nayyar- Blogs  on report – New education funding system welcomed by poorest schools

A group representing local authorities with the poorest schools funding settlements has welcomed the Government’s intention to establish a National Funding Formula for schools.

‘The fact is that pupils and schools in f40 local authority areas have been disadvantaged by an archaic system for nearly twenty years and have been the poor relations in terms of the share of education funding,’ said Cllr Ould.

‘Although we would have liked change more quickly – and ideally before the 2015 election – at least we can now work with the government to create a fairer system that supports pupils and schools wherever they are,’ he added.

At a Spending Review briefing yesterday, renowned public finance experts, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, suggested the new system would ‘lead to significant turbulence across local authorities’.

Although extra details are to be confirmed in a consultation taking place later this year, areas of the country which have historically been ‘over-funded’ such as London and the south east will see schools funding reductions – while areas covered by the f40 group would see cash increases.

Funding changes of as much as 10% could be experienced for gainers and losers under the new arrangements, but the funding reforms would take some time to implement and a lengthy transition was likely, he explained.

Annal Nayyar- blogs the DfE have written a letter to academy trust accounting officers about the important matter of standards of governance and accountability.

Annal Nayyar- blogs  the DfE  have written a letter to academy trust accounting officers about the important matter of standards of governance and accountability.

Annal Nayyar- Reports on press release -Primary school sport funding

Annal Nayyar- Reports on press release -Primary school sport funding

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Eligible schools

Funding for schools will be calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) as at the annual schools census in January 2013.

All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil.

Purpose of funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose they do this.

Possible uses for the funding include:

• hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE

• new or additional Change4Life sport clubs

• paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport

• providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport

• running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games

• buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport

• providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.

Accountability

Schools will be held to account for how they spend the sport funding.  Ofsted will strengthen its coverage of sport and PE within the Inspectors’ Handbook and supporting guidance, so that schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision offered.

Schools will be required to include details about their sporting provision on their school website, alongside their curriculum details, so parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

Best practice

Schools will be able to draw on information on effective practice taken from case studies provided by the very best schools. One year on, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year’s expenditure and its impact.

Funding period

The sport funding will be paid in each of the two academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Annal Nayyar – Latest News – Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF)

Annal Nayyar – Latest News – Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF)

Today the DfE provided a  reminder that academies that opened, or will open, between 2 January and 1 July 2013 are eligible to submit an application to the second round of the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF)

Annal Nayyar Provides a School Development Plan Costing Service

Annal Nayyar has been commissioned to provide a finance service to cost schools development plans – to ensure a firm linkage is made with the medium term budget planning process.

Annal Nayyar Provides a Free School project Service

Annal Nayyar has been commissioned to provide a  finance support package of free school provision across primary school provision in Yorkshire. The package of service will also include commissioning of external services such as banking, insurance review accounting procedures for ‘fit for purpose’ status.

Annal Nayyar is commissioned to project manage two Special schools to achieve Academy Status and then form a Multi Academy Trust.

Annal Nayyar has been commissioned to provide a full finance support package and project management of special schools who are forming as a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in 2013. The package of service will also include commissioning of external services such as banking, insurance review accounting procedures for ‘fit for purpose’ status.