Monthly Archives: April 2015

Fis-edsolutions ltd – BBC reports Reading free school The Wren set for September opening

Landowner LTC (Licensed Trade Charity) has agreed to allow The Wren School to move temporary accommodation on to the former Elvian School site.
West Reading Education Network (Wren), the team behind the free school in Bath Road, said it would open to six forms of year seven students in September.
The site is also being pursued by a housing developer for a “mixed use development”.
Taylor Wimpey said it planned to submit a planning application to Reading Borough Council for 120 homes which would allow room for the school on the site.
The developer mounted a legal challenge after it was twice refused permission to build 173 homes on the five hectare site earmarked for the school.
The Wren School, approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove, was due to open in September 2014. It was delayed until 2015 following a public inquiry.
The school will eventually have 1,176 pupils ranging from year seven to sixth form.

Fis-edsolutions ltd – 200 Academies – EFA Study

200 academies around the country have today received notification that they have been selected for this year’s comparison study. We  will be helping schools that I support to complete this work.

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) conduct this study each year to support the use of academy trusts’ accounts, with 31 August year ends, as a proxy for the government financial year ending on 31 March.

The pilot study is a key piece of evidence, required by the National Audit Office, to support the EFA’ group accounts.

Fis-edsolutions ltd blogs Local Gov news – No more pay cuts for public sector staff, vow Lib Dems

Liberal Democrats have promised to end pay cuts for public sector workers if the party takes power in the General Election.

Party leader Nick Clegg said Britain’s public sector employees now deserved ‘to see light at the end of the tunnel’ following five years of pay restraint.

A long running dispute between local government staff and employers last year saw around a million workers walking out as part of national protests over pay. Trade unions ultimately accepted a salary rise of 2.2% in November.

The Lib Dems today pledged that they would ensure wage increases for public sector staff at least in line with the cost of living in 2016/17 and 2017/18. Following this, the party would pressure pay review bodies to deliver above inflation rises in following years.

Clegg said his approach to fair deficit reduction meant the Lib Dems were the only party that would avoid further cuts to real terms pay.

‘Workers across the public sector have made enough sacrifices. You have done your bit to help get the country back on track. That’s why the Liberal Democrats believe it is time to end the era of pay restraint,’ he said.

 

FIS-EDSOLUTIONS LTD blogs on Primary School places

One in every ten places needed for children due to start school in the autumn has not been put in place, a minister admitted yesterday.

It means that local authorities have only nine months in which to build classrooms or open schools to accommodate tens of thousands of pupils.

The admission came days before the deadline for parents to submit forms listing which primary school they want their child to attend when the new school year starts in September.

Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, acknowledged the shortfall after local authority leaders claimed that schools were at “breaking

FIS-EDSOLUTIONS LTD blogs on first choice primary school?

One in six children is likely to miss out on their first choice primary school this year, amid warnings of an imminent crisis in securing a spot.

Over half a million children across the England will find out on Thursday which primary school they will be attending in September, on what is known as primary school National Offer Day.

Figures seen by the Telegraph show an increase in the number of unsuccessful first choice applications by some local councils, a move that’s set to cause disappointment and anxiety among many parents.

 

The news comes as teachers warn of schools being stretched to their limits as a result of the growing number of pupils over the next five years.

According to government estimates, 200,000 more primary school places will be required by 2020. Higher birth rates, rising immigration, government policy and a lack of school places planning have been blamed for the growing pressure on places.

 

fis-edsolutions blog on report Schools built under Gove scheme ‘are not fit for purpose’

A survey of architects and designers working on the government’s school rebuilding programme indicated that many of the projects were not fit for purpose.

Michael Gove scrapped Labour’s £55 billion building schools for the future (BSF) scheme as soon as he became education secretary in 2010. This had promised to rebuild or refurbish every secondary school, creating bespoke, state-of-the-art schools, often at a cost of £20 million each.

It was replaced with the priority school building programme (PSBP), which uses predesigned

Fis-edsolutions ltd reports on new Banking Form

New academies’ bank details

New academies should complete this form after setting up an academy bank account and email it to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) atAcademiesNewDetails.EFA@education.gsi.gov.uk.

Please submit the form by the 20th of the month (or closest working day) before conversion.

Changes to academies’ bank details

Academies should use this form to notify EFA of any changes to their bank details or remittance address and email it toStandingData.EFA@education.gsi.gov.uk.

Bank details change requests are subject to a verification process that may take 15 working days.

The form is available in open document format as well as in Excel.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/academy-bank-details-form?utm_source=EFA%20e-bulletin&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=e-bulletin&mxmroi=2305-23085-20719-0

Fis-edsultions ltd on the Crown Commercial Service – Energy

The Department for Education has announced an arrangement with Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to enable schools achieve greater value for money when purchasing their energy requirements.

This will help minimise the issues for schools caused by the complexity and volatility of the energy markets

 

Fis-edsolutions ltd on (FMGS) return

The EFA have introduced a new online form for academy trusts to use to complete and submit their financial management and governance self-assessment (FMGS) returns, due within 4 months of opening.

The FMGS is a self-assessment that helps academy trusts ensure compliance with financial and governance requirements. This can be used as an annual checklist thereafter

Fis-edsolutions -As BBC report states Teachers to ballot for strikes over school funding

The National Union of Teachers says schools will face “terrible cuts” if the incoming government does not deal with rising financial pressures.

Both Labour and the Conservatives say they will protect schools spending.

But agreed rises in pay, pension and national insurance contributions will place extra pressures on school budgets along with rising pupil numbers.

The Institute of Fiscal Studies has estimated that schools could face up to a 12% shortfall on their budgets.

‘Very difficult’

NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney said the consequences for schools would be “dramatic”, with teaching jobs lost and opportunities narrowed.

Speaking as the delegates gathered for the NUT conference in Harrogate, Mr Courtney said: “We have to think there will be redundancies in schools as a result.

“We think it is a very difficult situation for schools in the next year.

“This can’t be right. What we are looking for is the parties to say they will put enough money in.”

The NUT said it intended to hold urgent talks with whichever party or parties form a government after the general election in May before seeking industrial action.

‘Retain and reward’

But a motion to be debated by the conference says that “if no progress is made in talks with the new government on the issue of funding” the union should be prepared take strike action.

The timing for the ballot is not decided, but if delegates back the motion due to be held on Sunday, industrial action seems unlikely before the autumn term.

Labour has said it would protect the schools budget, from three- to 19-year-olds in line with inflation, while the Conservative have promised to protect per pupil funding in cash terms but not accounting for inflation.

Liberal Democrats have pledged to protect school, early years and college funding in real terms.

“You can’t raise standards; attract, retain and reward great teachers, and cut the attainment gap between richer and poorer pupils if schools are starved of cash,” said a Liberal Democrat spokesman.

If the motion is backed on Sunday, it will require the NUT to work with other unions to “prepare for and ballot for a national campaign of strike and non-strike action” on the “impact of cuts on pay and working conditions