Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fis-edsolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar reminds you that Academies and free schools are required to correctly register all land associated with them, with the land registry.

The requirement is set out at 5.1 of ‘academy and free school: model funding agreements’. Individual funding agreements will vary, but all include a similar clause.

This is a simple and easy process – but important to get right. You may want to check with your solicitors, or you can easily get hold of a copy of your title register via land registry. If your land is not registered or does not include the correct restrictions, you need to apply to the Land Registry using form RX1.

Fis-edsolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar reports that Information across high needs funding arrangements has been published by the EFA

The EFA  have  issued a further update to the 16 to 25 high needs funding additional information document, to include details on funding arrangements for the 2015 to 2016 academic year.

The new version lists any significant updates made since the last edition in the introduction pages.  Check the DFE website for further information

Fis-edsolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar reports that The EFA have written a letter on school funding reforms to all academies announcing the rates of the Education Services Grant

The EFA have written a letter on school funding reforms to all academies announcing the rates of the Education Services Grant (ESG) in 2015 to 2016 and summarising the main funding changes for the 2015 to 2016 academic year. There will be a rolling programme of online communications in the autumn to help academies understand the funding changes in more detail.

Fis-edsolution ltd and Annal Nayyar reports on free schools -The guide gives information about revenue funding for alternative provision (AP) free schools for the 2014 to 2015 academic year

Fis-edsolution ltd and Annal Nayyar reports on free schools -The guide gives information about revenue funding for alternative provision (AP) free schools for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. It includes details

The guide gives information about revenue funding for alternative provision (AP) free schools for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. It includes details of:

high-needs funding

commissioner top-up funding

national 16 to 19 formula funding

educational services grant

business rates grant

pupil premium

post-opening grant

The financial template will help proposer groups plan their budget. It gives an indicative funding allocation based on the size, phase and location of the proposed school.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alternative-provision-free-school-revenue-funding

Fis-edsolution ltd reports on free schools – The guide gives information about revenue funding for mainstream free schools for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. It includes details of:

Fis-edsolution ltd reports on free schools – The guide gives information about revenue funding for mainstream free schools for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. It includes details of:

  • local pre-16 formula funding
  • national 16 to 19 formula funding
  • educational services grant
  • business rates grant
  • high-needs funding
  • pupil premium
  • post-opening grant

The financial template will help proposer groups plan their budget. It gives an indicative funding allocation based on the size, phase and location of the proposed school.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mainstream-free-school-revenue-funding

Fis-edsolutions ltd report on Departmental advice to help schools and governing bodies review and revise school leaders’ and teachers’ pay and conditions.

The advice is to help schools and governing bodies:

Develop their own process for making decisions on teachers’ pay in relation to the ‘School teachers’ pay and conditions document (STPCD) 2013’

Set the pay of school leaders and make other changes in relation to the ‘Interim school teachers’ pay and conditions document 2014’

The advice ‘Reviewing and revising school teachers’ pay’ is specific to school teachers and supports the STPCD 2013.

The advice ‘Changes to school teachers’ pay and conditions 2014’:

Covers changes which come into effect from 1 September 2014 to school leaders’ pay

Ccovers other changes that affect teachers’ allowances and conditions of service arising from the STRB 23rd report

Supports the interim STPCD 2014

Schools may need to refer to both documents when reviewing and revising school leaders’ and teachers’ pay and conditions.

Fis-edsolutions ltd reports on Education Minister Nick Gibb announces £18 million of additional funding to boost music education.

Music education for children will receive an £18 million funding boost Education Minister Nick Gibb announced today (22 July).

The extra £18 million will be allocated to music education, including to the national network of 123 music education hubs established in 2012. This brings the total amount of funding available to music hubs in the next financial year to over £75 million.

The additional money will bring this government’s investment in music education to around £390 million since 2012.

Music hubs were set up in 2012 as part of the National Plan for Music Education. In their first year the hubs gave nearly half a million children the opportunity to learn an instrument for the first time as well as working with almost 15,000 school choirs, orchestras and bands.

Data published by Arts Council England shows that in the 2012 to 2013 academic year, the first year of music hubs, nearly 80,000 disadvantaged pupils and more than 30,000 pupils with special educational needs took part in instrumental ensembles and choirs, demonstrating the impact of the hubs.

Fis-edsolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar reports on Changes to the school admissions code

This consultation seeks views on Department for Education proposals to revise the current School Admissions Code. The aim is to improve the fair and open allocation of places in maintained schools and academies, and to support social mobility by allowing admission authorities to give priority for school places to disadvantaged children. The changes are primarily intended to provide greater freedom. We are also proposing to make minor changes to improve the clarity of existing provisions. This consultation seeks views on the proposed changes. Limited timescales prevent more substantial changes; we are not, therefore, seeking views on wider changes to other elements of the Code at this stage.

Annal Nayyar and fis-edsolutions ltd- Savings to the education services grant for 2015 to 2016

The Education Services Grant (ESG) is an un-ringfenced grant paid to local authorities

and academies. There is a general funding rate, which is the same for pupils in local

authority maintained schools and academies. Currently, academies also receive

additional transitional protection. When we introduced the ESG, we said that this

transitional protection will be removed over a limited period of time, so that rates for local

authorities and academies are aligned. In addition to the general funding rate, local

authorities currently receive an additional retained duties rate of £15 for all pupils

attending a state-funded school (whether a maintained school or an academy).

In June 2013 we announced that we would reduce the ESG by around £200 million in

2015-16. These savings help the Government to protect front-line budgets including the

dedicated schools grant and the pupil premium.

A consultation on Savings to the Education Services Grant was published on 27 March

2014. The purpose was to gather views about how the grant was being used, how much

money could be saved and the impact of making those savings. We were also interested

in whether there was any further clarification or guidance we could provide in order to

help local authorities and academies deliver these savings, as well as whether there

were any functions that local authorities or academies should stop doing completely.

fis-edsolutions and Annal Nayyar – Education Minister Nick Gibb announces £18 million of additional funding to boost music education.

Music education for children will receive an £18 million funding boost Education Minister Nick Gibb announced today (22 July).

 

The extra £18 million will be allocated to music education, including to the national network of 123 music education hubs established in 2012. This brings the total amount of funding available to music hubs in the next financial year to over £75 million.

The additional money will bring this government’s investment in music education to around £390 million since 2012.

Music hubs were set up in 2012 as part of the National Plan for Music Education. In their first year the hubs gave nearly half a million children the opportunity to learn an instrument for the first time as well as working with almost 15,000 school choirs, orchestras and bands.

Data published by Arts Council England shows that in the 2012 to 2013 academic year, the first year of music hubs, nearly 80,000 disadvantaged pupils and more than 30,000 pupils with special educational needs took part in instrumental ensembles and choirs, demonstrating the impact of the hubs.

This extra funding will mean thousands more disadvantaged pupils will have access to music lessons and enable hubs to purchase tens of thousands more instruments.