Monthly Archives: June 2014

Fis-edsolutions reports on announcement Pupil Premium Awards reward schools that have used their pupil premium in new or especially effective ways to help disadvantaged pupils.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gave out the 2014 Pupil Premium Awards this morning (25 June 2014) in a ceremony in London. These reward schools that have done the most with their funding to help close the performance gap between their poorest pupils and their peers

Fis-edsolutions reports on consultation Early years pupil premium and funding for 2-year-olds

The introduction of an early years pupil premium for all disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds in April 2015

Moving to participation funding for the early education entitlement for 2-year-olds in the financial year 2015 to 2016

Fis-edsolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar report on : PE and sport grant allocations

The PE and sport grant is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England to improve physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over 3 academic years from 2013 to 2016.


The grant will be calculated and paid on an academic year basis. The calculation of funding is currently based on the following:


schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per eligible pupil

schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £500 per eligible pupil

Payments will be made twice a year in October and May.

Fis-edsolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar report on – Pupil premium payment dates that Academies need to be aware off.

Pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England and provides funding for two policies:


  • raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap with their peers
  • supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces

The grant is calculated and paid on a financial-year basis. Allocations for the grant will be confirmed in summer 2014, once pupil number data from the January 2014 census has been validated and agreed. The grant will be paid by EFA in quarterly instalments in July and October 2014, January and April 2015.


Pupil premium grant (PPG) is paid separately to GAG payments and separate remittance advice will be issued. Payments will be received into accounts on working day 4, each month:


4 July 2014

6 October 2014

6 January 2015

8 April 2015


Pupil premium grant (PPG) per pupil for the 2014 to 2015 financial year

Pupils in reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £1,300

Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935

Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order £1,900

Service children

Pupils in reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 4 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence £300


PPG is paid to academies in quarterly instalments. The payment splits between EFA and local authorities (LA) for academies opening within year are:


100% from EFA for academies open at 1 April 2014

5/12 from LA and 7/12 from EFA for academies open May 2014 to September 2014

9/12 from LA and 3/12 from EFA for academies open October 2014 to December 2014

100% from LA for academies opened from 1 January 2015

Allocations for free schools and new academies that were not included in the January 2014 census will be calculated using the October 2014 census. A single payment will be made for the appropriate proportion of the allocation in April 2015.


A payment will be made to growing academies in April 2015. Growing academies are those academies who have added year groups after January 2014, as they were not fully open at January 2014. The calculation of payment is based on the difference, in the additional year groups, of eligible pupils between the October 2014 census and January 2014 census and multiplied by 7/12 to account for two terms of the financial year.


Fis-edsolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar blog Information for schools about the progress 8 measure to be introduced in 2016, along with the terms and conditions for opting in from 2015.

Information for schools about the progress 8 measure to be introduced in 2016, along with the terms and conditions for opting in from 2015.

The new performance measures, to be introduced in 2016, are based on the progress 8 measure. They are designed to encourage schools to teach a broad curriculum and reward schools that teach all pupils well.

The headline measures reported in performance tables from 2016 will be:

  • pupils’ progress across 8 subjects (progress 8) from age 11 to 16, compared to others with the same results at age 11
  • pupils’ average grade across 8 subjects
  • the proportion of pupils achieving at least a C in English and mathematics
  • the proportion of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate

Schools can benefit from this fairer way of being held to account by opting in a year early in 2015. By opting in, schools agree to be subject to new floor standard based on progress 8.

The window for schools to opt in a year early to the new performance measures will open on 23 June 2014, and will close at the end of June 2015.



fis-edsolutions ltd blog on Priority School Building Programme 2 applications

The online expression of interest application system for the second phase of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP2) has now opened.

Local authorities, diocese, and academy trusts have until 3pm on Monday 21 July 2014 to submit expressions of interest for whole school sites or multiple individual buildings.

PSBP2 was launched on 1 May 2014 to undertake major rebuilding and refurbishment projects to address the needs of those schools in the very worst condition. Further details, including full information for applicants, are available on GOV.UK.

fis-edsolutions ltd report on New payment profiles for academies and free schools

EFA is revising the payment profile for academies and free schools from September 2014. This will provide more consistency across all state-funded schools and simplify financial planning.

fis-edsolutions ltd blog Property data surveys are published

This follows the Property Data Survey Programme (PDSP), which gathered building condition data on all schools across England except those classified as modernised. We intend to use this data to help inform how we allocate funding with data on condition needs.

Fis-edsolutions ltd report on The 24th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) is being published today, responding to the remit I issued in October 2013.

The Secretary of State for Education (Michael Gove):  The 24th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) is being published today, responding to the remit I issued in October 2013.  The report contains recommendations on how to apply the pay award for teachers that is due to be implemented from September 2014. Subject to the views of consultees, I intend to accept the STRB’s recommendations in full.

The STRB has recommended a 1% uplift of the national framework for teachers’ pay from September 2014.  The uplift will be applied to the minima and maxima of all the pay ranges and allowances in the national pay framework, including the:

  • Unqualified teachers’ pay range;
  • Main pay range;
  • Upper pay range;
  • Leading Practitioner pay range;
  • Leadership pay range;
  • Headteacher groups;
  • Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) allowance pay ranges;
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) allowance pay range.

The STRB has also recommended that those teachers and school leaders who currently sit on the maxima of the pay ranges should receive a 1% uplift.  For all teachers who are paid other than on the minima and maxima the STRB has recommended that schools should determine locally how to take account of the uplift.

In addition to the uplift, the STRB has made a number of recommendations about advice that my Department should issue, including that the discretionary reference points in Departmental advice should be uplifted by 1%. A full list of the recommendations is attached as an annex.

My officials will write to all of the statutory consultees of the STRB to invite them to contribute to a consultation on my acceptance of these recommendations, and on the text of the 2014 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. The consultation will last for 6 weeks

Fis-edslolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar blogs LGA calls for academy intervention powers

The Local Government Association has called on the government to restore ‘stability’ to school governance by returning powers over school intervention to town halls.

Following an investigation by education watchdog Ofsted into extremism in schools in Birmingham, the umbrella group of local authorities said reestablishing local oversight of all schools was vital. The review by Ofsted found that some academies breached their funding agreements by failing to provide a ‘broad and balanced’ curriculum, and five schools were placed in special measures.

David Simmonds, chair of the LGA’s children and young people board, said that in particular, local authorities should have the power to trigger Ofsted inspections as well as challenging governors and scrutinising budgets.

Currently, schools that convert to academies, as well as free schools established by parents and other groups, are free from local authority control.

Councils support school choice and have worked with both their primary and secondary schools to convert to academy status if required, Simmonds said. However, far too many schools remain under notice to improve and councils want to be able help schools improve without negotiating bureaucratic hurdles and obtaining permission from Whitehall.