Monthly Archives: April 2016

Annal Nayyar -Report states that Nicky Morgan defiant over academies as she refuses to give more concessions despite warnings from her own party

The Education Secretary is expected to remain defiant on plans to turn every school into an academy as she refuses to offer any more concessions despite warnings from her own party.

 

There have been claims that Nicky Morgan had been forced to offer concessions, with suggestions that the best performing councils could run their own academy chains.

 

But Mrs Morgan is set to offer a robust defence of the academies plan, which will see every school turned into an academy by 2022, in a speech at the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) conference in Birmingham this weekend.

 

Those against the plan have argued that academies do not raise standards and that they have more obscure and unfair admissions policies.

Annal Nayyar – report states that Public votes decide Windsor and Maidenhead school projects

Schools in Windsor and Maidenhead are to compete for funds for projects in a contest decided by a public vote.

The Schools Participatory Budgeting Scheme will see schools apply for a share of £100,000 a year – up to £6,000 a term for each school.

The council-run pilot scheme will be reviewed after a year.

Twelve projects have been nominated since the scheme opened on Monday. Voting closes on 1 July.

One bid is for funds to help seven children, who are two years behind their peer groups, catch up and meet national expectations.

Annal Nayyar –reports states Morgan offers no academy concessions

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan offered no concessions over controversial plans to force all of England’s schools to become academies.

Mrs Morgan was pressed by MPs on whether she was committed to pushing the plan forward as legislation.

“That is the government’s position,” she told the education select committee.

Mrs Morgan told MPs that the changes to schools would create a “strong, consistent system”.

But Labour’s Ian Mearns questioned how she could run a school system which could have 10,000 separate academy trusts.

Mrs Morgan said schools wanted certainty about their future – and that so far a “fear of the unknown” had discouraged primary schools from choosing to become academies.

And she rejected the idea that schools should feel that academy status was something to be “inflicted”.

“I don’t think it’s a question of inflicting anything on anybody.

“I think it is a question of offering people the opportunity to be autonomous and run themselves.”

 

 

 

fis-edsolutions ltd – it may be the case that Small rural primary schools will be offered protection against closure

Small rural primary schools will be offered protection against closure in a concession to appease Tory MPs after a backlash against plans to force all schools to become academies.

Ministers are also willing to listen to concerns among Conservative backbenchers over proposals to end the election of parents to school governing bodies. Explicit protection for village schools, probably with additional money after a national formula is introduced to fund all schools in the same way, will be accompanied by a charm offensive in the coming weeks.

 

Fis-edsolutions ltd – provide latest dfe information on sponsorship -schools

This document gives sponsors information about the DfE funding that is available to academy trusts for full sponsored, intermediate and fast track academy projects, including grant payment and reporting arrangements. In some situations, the project type attracts a differing level of funding support – these are clearly identified in this document. Part 1 explains that the proposed funding is to cover the pre-opening costs such as staff recruitment, project management, legal advice, and any relevant school improvement interventions. Some key changes have been made to the mechanism for paying and reporting of these grants. In particular, grant letters have been streamlined and the receipt of the declaration of expenditure has been strengthened stressing that it must be completed for all project types. Part 2, which is about post-opening support grants, has not been changed since it was updated in February 2014. Part 3 relates to the environmental improvement grant (EIG), which is available only to full sponsored academies. Changes have been made to the approval and administration of the g

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sponsored-academies-funding-guidance-for-sponsors#history

Fis-edsolutions ltd –reports on PE and Sport Premium DfE requirements

The DfE currently provides £150m a year to schools as part of the PE and Sport Premium, which is ring-fenced funding to help improve the quality of physical education (PE) and sport teaching in primary schools.

One of the conditions of grant of the PE and Sport Premium is that schools must publish information, on their website, about their use of the premium funding by 4 April 2016.

Information schools are required to publish include:

The total amount of premium funding received

A full breakdown of how the funding has been spent (or will be spent)

What impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment and how these improvements will be sustainable in the future.

Schools should also consider how their use of the premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop healthy, active lifestyles.

Fis-edsolutions ltd – reports on Dfe latest brief- Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools Guidance for local authorities and RSCs

This Government has made a clear commitment to extend opportunity and unlock potential, delivering real social justice. Every child, whatever their background, deserves the best start in life and an excellent education. The Education and Adoption Act 2016 delivers on the manifesto commitment to introduce new powers to intervene in failing schools from day one and to challenge schools that have been coasting. These powers will strengthen the Secretary of State’s ability to deal with underperformance, and to do so more swiftly. This will ensure that there is no delay in giving children the education they deserve. In addition to describing intervention in underperforming maintained schools, the Schools Causing Concern guidance now additionally describes what action RSCs can take in academies causing concern. This guidance describes the three groups of schools which

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/510080/schools-causing-concern-guidance.pdf