Monthly Archives: April 2014

Annal Nayyar report on article that states Labour launches plan for devolved schools system

Interesting article today – Labour has pledged to put schools in local hands by appointing a team of regional education standards directors.

Plans assembled by shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt and former education secretary David Blunkett today outline how key centrally run functions could be devolved to local independent directors of school standards if Labour is successful in the next election.

Oversight of state funded schools, academies and free schools would also be handled at a local level.

‘To spread best practice, ensure probity and the equitable use of public funds, and to ensure transparency and accountability locally, we need a devolved schools system,’ Blunkett said.

Writing in the Guardian, the former education secretary said his recommendations offered a blueprint for a ‘major shift in English education – away from the centre and towards the frontline’.

Directors would be locally appointed and accountable, while councils would be once again allowed to open new community schools.

Hunt said: ‘Under Michael Gove schools are being left to “sink or swim” – more than 1.5m children are in underperforming schools. That’s why Labour will introduce new and robust local oversight of all schools to raise standards. That’s what new directors of school standards will bring.

‘Labour will spread the success of our “London Challenge” programme, which transformed London’s secondary schools from being the worst to the best performing in the space of a decade – Labour will deliver this focus on standards across the country.’

A Department for Education spokesman said the Government had ‘consistently demonstrated quick and decisive action if children are being denied the education they deserve’.

‘In contrast, local authorities have presided over schools which have been in special measures year on year and done nothing. There are currently 40 council-run schools that have been in special measures for 18 months or longer,’ the spokesperson added.

 

I am aware that Annal Nayyar provides finance consultancy work for a number of schools

I am aware that Annal provides finance consultancy work for a number of schools but I am more closely aware of the work he does for the  School where I am Chair of Governors.  He works closely with the Business Manager by providing her with the support she needs and by this approach ensures that the school has an excellent finance process.  His work involves him in ensuring that robust financial systems are in place and this work is informed by a very comprehensive set of procedures.  He not only writes them but ensures that the school follows them carefully.  The output of his work that I and the Governors see are the reports that he prepares for the Governing Body Finance Committee.  He provides all the necessary finance figures in a format which is self explanatory and in addition he provides a very clear commentary both on the available budget and the year to date position.  This means that the Governing Body knows exactly where the school is with its finances and therefore we are in an excellent position to make sound financial decisions.  Annal attends all finance meetings.  I have never known a school where the final outturn at the end of the financial year is almost exactly what was predicted at the beginning but such is Annal’s financial expertise in proving Governors with a budget that they can be confident with.  In addition to this work he provides training for Governors on finance matters and produced an honest SFVS return to the LA. Knowing that Annal is working with the finance team in our school gives the Governors and the Headteacher absolute confidence in what is the second main resources for the school after the staff.  I have known Annal for some years now and would not hesitate in recommending his services to any school whether it is primary or secondary

Annal Nayyar -Ofsted will carry out shorter, more frequent school inspections,

Ofsted will carry out shorter, more frequent school inspections, with all inspectors to be directly employed by the watchdog. Sir Michael Wilshaw has said there was “little point” in sending inspectors to visit “good” schools every five years; rather, those schools would receive more frequent but shorter visits from Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMIs). The only schools to be subjected to full inspections would be those in the bottom two categories, “requires improvement” and “inadequate”, with those on the cusp on achieving “outstanding” also receiving longer inspection visits

Annal Nayyar reports DfE: Research needed into accountability and governance

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking views on its research strategy. The strategy and a series of research questions were published in a paper, Accountability and governance, earlier

this month. A series of discussions with practitioners, the research community and others to help shape departmental plans will take place through 2014, says the paper. Teachers and others can also comment by email or social media.

 

The Department’s research priorities are divided into three main areas: how schools and colleges respond to the new performance measures to be introduced from 2016

 

● the effect of broadening of performance data to eight subjects and the extent to which the new and additional information is used by parents;

● the impact of the new floor targets on different schools and students;

● to what extent secondary schools respond to the reforms by adopting a broad and balanced curriculum and focus on the attainment of all their students;

Annal Nayyar and Fis-Edsolutions Ltd reports on Model document for single-academy trusts establishing new mainstream academies and free schools.

All academies established by the Secretary of State enter into a contract – the funding agreement – with a charitable company, which is often referred to as the academy trust.

The funding agreement provides the framework within which the academy must operate.

This mainstream single model document can be used by academies (converters and sponsored academies) and by free schools. The document is available in both PDF and Word format.

Free schools should refer to the PDF version of the form for reference purposes only. They will be issued a personalised version by their DfE project lead.

Academies can personalise the word version of the form and send to their DfE project lead.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/academy-and-free-school-single-model-funding-agreement

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/academy-and-free-school-single-model-funding-agreement

 

 

 

 

Annal Nayyar updates on The Education Funding Agency (EFA) is providing a series of online presentations and webinars to support academies in making their financial returns.

The EFA presentations and webinars will cover: 

  • March accounts returns: how to complete your March accounts returns – for academy trusts that did not prepare financial statements at 31st August 2013 or opened new academies between 1st September 2013 and 31st March 2014.
  • Budget forecasts: how to complete your 2014 to 2015 budget forecast returns – for all academies.
  • Academies financial handbook 2014: an overview of academies’ financial responsibilities and requirements and an update on the key changes from the 2013 edition – for all academies and their auditors.
  • Connected bodies transaction: an overview of the at cost principles – for all academies and their auditors.
  • Academies accounts direction 2014: guidance for preparing the academy trusts financial statements – for all academies and their auditors.
  • Financial statements: feedback from the 2012 to 2013 audited financial statements – for all academies and their auditors.
  • Annual accounts returns: how to complete your annual accounts returns for the 2013 to 2014 academic year – for academies preparing financial statements.

The March accounts return and budget forecast presentations will be available to view or download by the end of April. The next four will be available in July and the last (annual accounts return) in September/October.

 

There is also a series of live EFA webinars: 

    • 15th May 2pm: March accounts returns –  a chance to ask questions on completing your return.
    • 9th June 2pm: Budget forecast returns – a chance to ask questions on completing your return.
    • 15th July 11am: Understanding the academies financial framework, including the academies financial handbook and the accounts direction – for all academies.
    • 15th July 2pm: Understanding the academies financial framework, including lessons learned from the 2012 to 2013 financial statements –  for academy auditors
  • Date to be announced: annual accounts returns.

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Annal Nayyar reports • The government has announced that £50 million will be given to nurseries and schools in the form of an early-years pupil premium for disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds

The government has announced that £50 million will be given to nurseries and schools in the form of an early-years pupil premium for disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds

Annal Nayyar reports Councils are being forced to borrow tens of millions of pounds and even open schools in former police stations in a bid to meet a shortfall in school places, a report has shown. Figures also reveal that a third of councils will not have enough secondary school places to meet demand over the next five years. Research published by the Local Government Association (LGA) reveals that more than 80,000 secondary school places will be needed in the next five years

Councils are being forced to borrow tens of millions of pounds and even open schools in former police stations in a bid to meet a shortfall in school places, a report has shown. Figures also reveal that a third of councils will not have enough secondary school places to meet demand over the next five years. Research published by the Local Government Association (LGA) reveals that more than 80,000 secondary school places will be needed in the next five years

Annal Nayyar reports on a survey of free schools carried out by the Department for Education shows that they have attracted almost 3 applications for every place

New figures released today show that free schools are proving hugely popular with parents – attracting almost 3 applications for every available place.

The department surveyed all open free schools for data on admissions. Of the 110 schools that responded, 95 received more applications from parents than they have places available for the next academic year. Overall, these schools received 23,542 applications for 8,755 places – an average of 2.7 applications per place.

The figures show that more than 9 out of 10 primary free schools received more applications than they had places. The West London Free School Primary, which opened this year, reported receiving more than 6 applications for each of its 60 places.

 

Annal Nayyar -I would be happy to explain how comprehensive your support has been, in addition to commenting upon the extent of your professional expertise

I am sure that I speak on behalf of the Trust in thanking you for your services.  Should any prospective client require a reference, I would be happy to explain how comprehensive your support has been, in addition to commenting upon the extent of your professional expertise

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