Monthly Archives: August 2014

Fis-EdSolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar Reports September 2014 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 Reports September 2014 Pupil Premium Funding Arrangements

Pupil premium payments:

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

Disadvantaged pupils PPG per pupil
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 Reports September 2014 Universal Free School Meals Funding Arrangements

From September 2014 all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for free school meals (FSMs). This will include academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision, as well as maintained schools.

Funding will be based on a rate of £2.30 for each meal taken by pupils who will become newly eligible for FSM as a result of the UIFSM policy. Schools will be expected to continue to fund meals for pupils eligible for FSMs under the existing criteria in the same way they do currently.

Schools will be notified of their provisional full-year revenue funding allocation for the 2014 to 2015 academic year in June 2014. Academies and free schools will receive the first 2014 to 2015 payment in early July, and newly opening academies and free schools in early September. This payment will provide funding for the first two terms of the academic year (which represents the remainder of the 2014 to 2015 financial year).

Fis-EdSolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar Reports September 2014 Funding Arrangements

Education Funding Agency (EFA) arranges for academies to receive the payments set out in their funding agreements on a monthly basis. Their revenue funding is called the general annual grant (GAG) and monthly remittance advice notes accompany payments.

There are short descriptions about each funding element included with remittances which make them easy to understand. EFA has also produced a brief guide to give more detailed information about each funding element which might be included in your remittance advice note. The guide also includes information about when payments for each element are paid.

Fis-EdSolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar Reports September 2014 Universal Free School Meals  Funding Arrangements

Fis-edsolutions ltd reports School Reform Minister Nick Gibb today congratulated pupils and teachers after improved results in tests taken by 11-year-olds in reading, writing and maths.

Fis-edsolutions ltd  reports School Reform Minister Nick Gibb today congratulated pupils and teachers after improved results in tests taken by 11-year-olds in reading, writing and maths.

The figures show that for this year’s key stage tests (taken in May by 550,000 children in their final year of primary school):

  • 4 out of 5 11-year-olds (79%) achieved at least the expected level (level 4) in reading, writing and arithmetic (3Rs) – up from 3 out of 4 (75%) last year, and just 6 in 10 (62%) in 2009
  • almost a quarter (24%) exceeded the expected level in the 3Rs - up from a fifth (21%) last year, and from just 1 in 8 (13%) in 2009

Comparisons with 2010, in terms of numbers, are not possible because a quarter of primary schools did not administer the tests that year.

It means that:

  • 81,000 more children than in 2009 are meeting the expected standard in the 3 Rs (440,000 this year compared to 359,000 in 2009)
  • 59,000 more children than in 2009 are exceeding the expected standard in the 3 Rs (134,000 this year compared to 75,000 in 2009)

This is against a backdrop of higher aspirations that all children achieve their potential, including:

  • a new test in spelling, punctuation and grammar (introduced last year)
  • the banning of calculators from maths tests (for the first time this year)
  • higher floor standards (up to 65% this year)

And there were improvements in each of the individual subjects:

  • reading – 9 out of 10 children (89%) reached at least level 4 (up 3 percentage points from last year) and half exceeded that (up 5 percentage points)
  • spelling, punctuation and grammar – three-quarters (76%) reached at least level 4 (up 3 percentage points from last year) and more than half (52%) exceeded that (up 5 percentage points)
  • maths – almost 9 out of 10 (86%) reached at least level 4 (up 1 percentage point from last year) and 4 in 10 exceeded that (up 1 percentage point)
  • writing (teacher-assessed) – almost 9 out of 10 (85%) reached at least level 4 (up 2 percentage points from last year) and two-thirds exceeded that (up 3 percentage points)

School Reform Minister Nick Gibb said:

80,000 more children than 5 years ago will start secondary school this year secure in the basics – and able to move on to more complex subjects. It means in the long term these children stand a far better chance of winning a place at university, gaining an apprenticeship and securing good jobs.

We have set unashamedly high expectations for all children, introduced a new test in the basics of punctuation, spelling and grammar, and removed calculators from maths tests.

Today’s results show teachers and pupils have responded well to the higher standards our education reforms have demanded. Our education system is beginning to show the first fruits of our plan for education, helping to prepare young people for life in modern Britain. There is more to do but teachers and pupils deserve huge credit for such outstanding results.

 

 

Fis-edsolutions ltd reports on recent report that Councils plugging £1bn school places shortfall

Councils are borrowing money or diverting funding from other budgets in order to plug a £1bn shortfall for new school places, according to new research.

The research from the Local Government Association (LGA) reveals that three-quarters of councils did not receive enough funding from government to create extra school places between 2011/12 and 2016/17.

As a result, 38% of these councils said they had to borrow money to ensure every child had a school place, with 50% using money earmarked for renovating school buildings and classrooms.

Fis-edsolutions ltd and Annal Nayyar updates on DfE announcement on 2015-16 funding arrangements

Today the Dfe published information about schools funding arrangements for 2015 to 2016. This includes how the Department for Education (DfE) will allocate an additional £390 million to increase the per-pupil funding of the least fairly funded local authority (LA) areas in England.

Fairer schools funding: arrangements for 2015 to 2016 describes how funding will be allocated by setting minimum funding levels that every LA will attract for their pupils and schools. It also sets out arrangements for simplifying the administration of academies funding and minor changes to high needs funding and the way schools contribute to the carbon reduction commitment.

Local authority schools block units of funding 2015 to 2016 confirms each LA’s schools block unit of funding for 2015 to 2016. The technical on the Dfe Website explains how the funding has been calculated.

 

Fis-edsolutions ltd commissioned to Project Manage conversion to Academy Status –Alternative Provision.

Fis-edsolutions ltd   have been commissioned to project manage the conversion of a Pupil Referral unit to Academy status. This will include full finance due diligence and commissioning and review of other required services such legal, external audit etc.

Fis-edsolutions ltd Provides a Free School project Service

Fis-edsolutions ltd  and 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.

Fis-edsolutions ltd Annal Nayyar reports on the Priority School Building Programme: phase 2

The deadline for submitting expressions of interest for the second phase of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP2) was 3pm on Monday 21 July. Saved, draft or late forms will not be considered.

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. Local authorities, dioceses, sixth form colleges, academies, and multi academy trusts (depending on the nature of the school) could submit expressions of interest for an entire school site or for one or multiple individual buildings.

Education Funding Agency (EFA) currently anticipates that it will be able to inform applicants by the end of the year whether their application has been successful.

You can view your submitted expression of interest form online by logging into the PSBP2 application system with your username and password.