Monthly Archives: October 2013

Annal Nayyar reports. Lord Nash calls for more academy sponsors. Schools Minister Lord Nash today called on leading schools, businesses and enterprising groups and individuals to step in and raise standards of education in Yorkshire and the Humber

Three events hosted by the Department for Education, the Diocese of Wakefield and the Gorse Academies Trust are being held on 17 and 18 October in Leeds. The events aim to attract businesses, schools, community leaders and others to become academy sponsors and school governors and to encourage them to advise young people on their options for the future or provide work experience or mentors. Invitations and speakers have been drawn from across the region’s 15 local authority areas.

Many schools in the region are performing well, and there are some brilliant sponsors turning around underperformance, including Outwood Grange Academies Trust and the Gorse Academies Trust. However, there are still a number of primary and secondary schools where children are not getting the standard of education they need.

Lord Nash said businesses, and others in Yorkshire and the Humber, had the power and ability to change the current situation and improve school standards.

The 3 events are being held to show businesses how they can get involved in sponsoring academies. They are:

  • the community leaders event – 17      October 2013, 5:30pm at The Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds      LS10 1LT
  • the business leaders symposium – 18      October 2013, 7:30am at Farnley Academy, Chapel Lane, Leeds LS12 5EU
  • the system leaders symposium – 18      October 2013, 10:30am at Farnley Academy, Chapel Lane, Leeds LS12 5EU

 

 

Annal Nayyar blogs- Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces ‘Champions League of Head Teachers’ scheme. A new programme to get outstanding leaders into the schools that need them the most was announced by Nick Clegg:

Annal Nayyar blogs- Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces ‘Champions League of Head Teachers’ scheme. A new programme to get outstanding leaders into the schools that need them the most was announced by Nick Clegg:

announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Schools that are facing the toughest challenges and are in need of a leadership boost will be matched with the nation’s best and brightest school leaders to raise standards and improve the education offered to children.

The scheme will encourage schools that aren’t able to attract the best talent to come forward and request a Champions League Head from the pool of top talent. This pool could include high-performing head teachers or exceptional deputy heads ready to take on this challenge.

The announcement will be made today in a speech by the Deputy Prime Minister, who will say:

This pool of top teaching talent, what I call our Champions League of Head Teachers, will stand ready to move to schools in challenging circumstances: those schools, which are struggling to succeed, overcome the attainment gap for their disadvantaged pupils and need outstanding leaders.

So if you’re a school facing tough challenges and finding it hard to recruit an exceptional leader, you’ll be able to call on this team and request someone with a proven track record.

I want to ensure that more schools can benefit from the expertise of our best head teachers, so that we can build a fairer society in Britain where child in every region of our country can succeed.

The government will seek applications from head teachers and deputy heads who are keen to make a real commitment to the school, its staff and its children.

They will receive help to relocate to the areas where they are needed and the necessary professional support to turn the school around.

The programme will provide participants with support for the first 3 years, however, participants may choose to stay on at their school for longer than 3 years

 

Annal Nayyar and his team offer Financial Management to schools and finance staff- A standardised set of financial reports need to be provided to both the SLT’s and the governors who sit on the various committee structures and the board of directors. This would address the revenue position of the school, capital position, balance sheet and the overall cash flow. A model report can be produced and where appropriate tailored to the client’s needs.

Annal Nayyar and his team offer Financial Management to schools and finance staff- A standardised set of financial reports need to be provided to both the SLT’s and the governors who sit on the various committee structures and the board of directors. This would address the revenue position of the school, capital position, balance sheet and the overall cash flow. A model report can be produced and where appropriate tailored to the client’s needs.

Annal Nayyar provides a service that looks to Commission core Services required by a converted school to Academy Status. We support in the commissioning a whole host of services. The service that will be provided will be The core requirements of each of the services will form a ‘specification of need’ and then look to arrange interviews and meetings – culminating in agreeing the preferred supplier. Services that require commissioning across the Trust would include:

Annal Nayyar provides a service that looks to Commission core Services required by a converted school to Academy Status. We support in the  commissioning  a whole host of services. The service that will be provided will be The core requirements of each of the services will form a ‘specification of need’  and then look to arrange interviews and meetings – culminating in agreeing the preferred supplier. Services that require commissioning across the Trust would include:

  • External Audit
  • Payroll
  • Banking
  • An Accounting ledger that allows consolidation of individual school accounts ( Not all systems have this functionality)
  • Insurance commissioned Trust wide – adhering to EU rules if above a threshold of c£170k
  • Performance Management System

Annal Nayyar can assist in the production of terms of reference for New Committee -Structures-The school should have a robust committee structure in place . A MAT must have an Audit Committee that looks at numerous aspects of financial governance – This may include the overall finance of the Trust – in particular the responsible officer’s reports, the discharge of the governors and accounting officers responsibilities etc etc . We can assist you in the production of relevant terms of reference and a framework of adoption.

Annal Nayyar can assist in the production of terms of reference for New Committee -Structures-The school should have a robust committee structure in place . A MAT must have an Audit Committee that looks at numerous aspects of financial governance – This may include the overall finance of the Trust – in particular the responsible officer’s reports, the discharge of the governors and accounting officers responsibilities etc etc . We can assist you in the production of relevant terms of reference and a framework of adoption.

Annal Nayyar blogs Academies finance and financial assurance: Investigation reports that have been published by the DfE

Annal Nayyar blogs Academies finance and financial assurance: Investigation reports that have been published by the DfE

Investigation reports into academies

•Kings Science Academy investigation report

•Quintin Kynaston investigation report

•Review of financial administration and governance at E-ACT: final report

Annal Nayyar reports – The Pupil Premium rates for eligible children in 2014/15 will be £1,300 for Primary and £1,900 for Looked After Children

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I have picked up some information today that indicates that the Pupil Premium figure for the academic year 2014/15 has now been set.

This information has not yet been published but the figures are in line with those pledged by David Laws MP at the Liberal Democrat Conference in September 2013.

The Pupil Premium rates for eligible children in 2014/15 will be £1,300 for Primary and £1,900 for Looked After Children.

 

Annal Nayyar reports The Pupil Premium rates for eligible children in 2014/15 will be £935 for Secondary and £1,900 for Looked After Children

I have picked up some information today that indicates that the Pupil Premium figure for the academic year 2014/15 has now been set.

This information has not yet been published but the figures are in line with those pledged by David Laws MP at the Liberal Democrat Conference in September 2013.

The Pupil Premium rates for eligible children in 2014/15 will be £935 for Secondary and £1,900 for Looked After Children

Annal Nayyar reports Local GOV Report s-,Cuts are ‘Armageddon’ for local government warns council The Government’s cuts to council funding are being hailed as the ‘Armageddon’ for local government, as several authorities announce black holes in budgets this week.

Annal Nayyar reports Local GOV Report s-,Cuts are ‘Armageddon’ for local government warns council The Government’s cuts to council funding are being hailed as the ‘Armageddon’ for local government, as several authorities announce black holes in budgets this week.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has announced it faces a budget gap of at least £56m over the next four years, and will need to make significant reductions to services as a result.

Anthony Christopher, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County BC, said: ‘This really is an Armageddon scenario for local government which will have a severe impact on local services. No community in our area will be left unaffected during these difficult times.

‘Faced with such savage cuts to public sector funding, the cabinet will next week begin considering the first set of options to bridge the estimated budget gap it faces of at least £56m over the next four years.

‘It is also clear from initial indications, in advance of this week’s Local Government Settlement, that this figure is likely to increase.’

The council will initially be considering five proposals to bridge the funding gap, with further options brought forward in the next few weeks.

Salford City Council also said it was facing around £70m in cuts over the next three years, Worcestershire CC needs to find £30m in savings by 2014/15, and it has been reported that 600 jobs will go at Cumbria reported as facing 600 job cuts.

Annal Nayyar blogs All new academy trusts and newly-opened academies joining an existing multi-academy trust must complete and submit a budget forecast return to the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

All new academy trusts and newly-opened academies joining an existing multi-academy trust must complete and submit a budget forecast return to the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

Academy trusts open on or after 1 April 2013

Academy trusts that opened on or after 1 April 2013 and new academies joining an existing multi-academy trust on or after 1 April 2013 should complete the budget forecast template published on this page.

Academies will need to submit the budget forecast to the EFA within 6 weeks of receiving their final funding letter. The document