Monthly Archives: July 2016

Fis-edsolutions ltd – A report highlights Taxpayers fund academy chiefs’ high living

Highly paid executives running groups of academy schools billed the taxpayer for stays in luxury hotels, dining out and first-class travel, an investigation has shown.
Dispatches on Channel 4 tonight will highlight expenses claimed by some academy executives, 50 of whom earn more than the prime minister’s salary of £143,000, as well as business deals with organisations linked to their sponsors.
The Academies Transformation Trust, which sponsors 22 schools in Birmingham, paid £3,000 for first-class travel and £1,000 for restaurant bills for Ian Cleland, its chief executive, the programme found. The trust also paid part of the cost of running…

Fis-edsolutions – A report highlights GRAMMAR SCHOOLS

more than 100 Tory MPs are expected to back scrapping the ban on new grammar schools as a campaign launches this week to secure the change now Theresa May is in Number 10.

Conservative Voice, a Tory activist group launched by David Davis and Liam Fox in 2012, will formally restart its grammar schools campaign on Tuesday.

They will be writing to Mrs May and her new Education Secretary Justine Greening, holding events in Parliament and across the country and launching a social media drive to build up pressure.

The move comes after Ms Greening said she is “open minded” about allowing new grammar schools to open in England in a marked change in tone from David Cameron’s government.

Senior backers of grammar schools including Mr Davis and Mr Fox are now sat around the cabinet table while other frontbenchers have expressed support for expansions in their constituencies.

A report highlights How School Bosses Spend Your Millions: Dispatches was good, old-fashioned, challenging investigative journalism

Most impressive, though, were the findings of a freedom of information request on the subject of trustees’ expenses.

“It’s the first time this information has ever been revealed,” said Barnett triumphantly.

And who could blame him, as the rock he lifted revealed thousands of pounds of public money spent on hotels, taxis, golf and restaurants (even a £40 a month bill for broadband in France).

Ian Cleland, CEO of the Academy Transformation Trust in the West Midlands, was reported to have supplemented a £180,000 salary with £20,000 in expenses since 2014.

This was good, old-fashioned, challenging investigative journalism, as well as a startling reminder of the challenges which new Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening faces regarding fiscal accountability.

 

Fis-edsolutions ltd- Expert advice and full support in completing the Academy conversion process, applications to achieve Multi Academy Trust Status and or Full Sponsorship Status

Expert advice and full support in completing the Academy conversion process, applications to achieve Multi Academy Trust Status and or Full Sponsorship Status

 

Fis-edsolutions have supported school across all phases in converting to academy status.  This support begins with a meeting with both Governors and the Head Teacher to clearly explain the various models available under Academy Status and then agreeing the ‘best fit’ for the schools ( or group of schools) .

 

Our approach is to concentrate on your objectives and strategy and ensure we deliver a conversion package that is on time and on budget. The service we provide will not only look at the relevant financial aspects but will also cover the appropriate HR and legal requirements. We work with a national leader across both these crucial elements of the conversion process.

 

Once conversion has taken place we will continue to support and ‘shape’ your back office to deliver VFM and to meet the Education Funding Agency’s deliverable outputs.

Our record and wide number of testimonials demonstrate we ‘deliver’ and our customers (many of which we retain and provide an on-going support service) are satisfied with the outcomes.

fis-edsolutions ltd-Extra 750,000 school places needed in population surge

An extra 750,000 school places will be needed in England by 2025 to keep up with a population bulge, says an official forecast from the Department for Education.

The pressure on creating new schools and extra classrooms will be one of the challenges for incoming Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Schools will have faced 16 consecutive years of rising pupil numbers.

The Department for Education says it has committed £7bn to extra places.

Between 2009 and 2016, the school system had already expanded to take in an extra 470,000 pupils.

‘Massive increase’

From 2016 to 2025, the projection says there will be another 10% of pupils in the state school system, up from about 7.4 million to about 8.1 million.

Head teachers’ leaders say that this “massive increase” will make it even harder for parents to get their preferred choice of school.

fis-edsolutions ltd- New schools funding scheme to be delayed by a year

The implementation of a new national funding formula for schools will be delayed by a year, Education Secretary Justine Greening has told MPs.

The government had been planning to bring in the new funding scheme in England from 2017-18 – but it will now apply from 2018-19, she said.

“We must get our approach right,” Ms Greening told the Commons.

Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner criticised the delay as “woeful”.

And Neil Carmichael, chairman of Parliament’s education select committee, who raised the issue in an urgent Commons question, asked why more delay was necessary.

“When does she really expect this programme to be fulfilled?” he asked.

He pointed out that the plan had already gone out to consultation earlier this year.

‘Historic change’

The government says the new formula is needed to tackle uneven levels of funding across England, with the best funded areas getting more than £6,300 per pupil per year, while the worst-funded averaging just £4,200 – but there are concerns that while some schools will benefit, a new formula could mean some schools in areas of need facing budget cuts.

Ms Greening told MPs she did not want to rush into changes without being sure of their ramifications.

In a written parliamentary statement, she said the first stage consultations on the new national funding formulae for schools and high needs, published in March, “have been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from head teachers, teachers, governors and parents”.

“There is also a strong sense in the response to the first stage of the consultation that this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for an historic change and that we must get our approach right.”

fis-edsolutions ltd -Grammars to expand ???

A report states that At least ten councils are set to expand their grammar schools in response to Theresa May’s Cabinet shake-up. They want to create ‘satellite’ campuses linked to existing schools because building entirely new grammars is banned. The new school will be in Sevenoaks, which is ten miles away. Areas leading the way in pushing for grammar school annexes include Buckinghamshire, Croydon and Bedfordshire. Further plans are also being looked at in Birmingham and Poole, Dorset. Whilst Yorkshire, Reading, Trafford, Warwickshire and Essex

fis-edsolutions ltd BBC says Teachers’ salaries ‘will need to rise in future’

A pay rise “significantly higher than 1%” will be required in future to ensure an “adequate supply of good teachers” in England and Wales, the School Teachers’ Review Body warns.

It says increases will be needed if current trends in teacher recruitment and retention continue.

Nevertheless, the STRB has recommended a pay rise of just 1% for teachers in England and Wales from this September.

The rise applies to all leadership and teacher pay ranges and to allowances.

Teachers’ unions expressed disappointment at the 1% rise, saying it would do nothing to ease recruitment and retention issues.

Future rise

The STRB report said: “For September 2016 we [...] recommend a 1% uplift to the minima and maxima of all classroom teacher pay ranges and leadership pay ranges in the national pay framework, and to classroom teacher allowances.”

But it went on to warn of a need for higher teacher salaries in the future.

“However, if current recruitment and retention trends continue, we expect an uplift to the pay framework significantly higher than 1% will be required in the course of this Parliament, to ensure an adequate supply of good teachers for schools in England and Wales,” it said.

“Accordingly, we recommend the department and our consultees take steps to help schools prepare for such an eventuality.

“Given the budgetary context, this will require school leaders and governing bodies to be confident in both managing their workforce and in setting pay policies which enable differentiated performance-based awards to individuals, such that teachers and leaders can be appropriately rewarded within the available budget.”

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: “The STRB is clear this is subject to the recruitment and retention evidence that the government is able to produce in relation to a future remit.

“At a national level we are retaining and recruiting the teachers we need with 15,000 more teachers in our classrooms than in 2010, and the number joining the profession outnumbering those who retire or leave.

“We recognised the recruitment challenges provided by a growing economy and regional demands and are investing over £1.3bn up to 2020 to attract new teachers into the profession.”

‘Limited’

But teachers’ unions expressed dismay at the recommended 1% increase and accused the government of limiting teachers’ pay.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT union, accused a “hostile government” of “unnecessary and unjust pay restraint”.

“Had the review body not been constrained by the arbitrary pay cap imposed by the government, there is no doubt that it would have been recommending a pay uplift higher than 1% for teachers,” said Ms Keates.

Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “The publication of this report and the Secretary of State’s response are extremely late, having been delayed by government ‘purdah’ periods for the London mayoral election and the EU referendum.

“This has left schools and teachers uncertain for far too long about the critical issue of pay awards.

“Even more disappointing, however, is that these pay awards are once again limited to an uplift of 1% when we are in the midst of a teacher recruitment crisis.

“Furthermore, schools are expected to fund these awards without any additional funding from the government at a time when budgets are under severe strain because of real-terms reductions.”

Kevin Courtney, acting general secretary of the National Union of Teachers said: “The STRB, unlike the government, has recognised the mounting crisis in recruitment and retention.

“The NUT is hugely disappointed that the STRB decided to accept the 1% pay limit this year but strongly supports the STRB’s view that the government must urgently find more money for schools to allow them to employ more and better-paid teachers.”

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: “ATL welcomes the STRB’s report which couldn’t be clearer: there are increasing challenges in teacher recruitment and retention, and the Chancellor’s imposed public sector pay limit of 1% is contributing to this.

“The next Prime Minister, their Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education must take heed of the review body’s call for a future uplift ‘significantly higher’ than 1% to address teacher recruitment and retention, improve teachers’ working lives, and save the next generation’s education.”

The STRB provides independent advice to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education on school teachers’ pay and conditions in England and Wales.

Its latest recommendations come a day after thousands of lessons were cancelled across England because of a one-day strike by the National Union of Teachers.

fis-edsolutions ltd – Report states Academy chains’ performance ‘less impressive’ than local authorities, new ranking shows

Turning schools into academies doesn’t automatically improve standards as the first ever league table of local authority and multi-academy trusts (MATs) reveals the lowest performing primary and secondary schools are in academy groups.

The league table also showed there is a larger number of local authorities in the highest performing groups of schools compared to academy chains with seven local authorities in the top ten for primary and secondary schools.

The lowest performing groups at both primary and secondary schools are the Education Fellowship Trust and the College Academies Trust – both multi-academy trusts.

The findings emerged as the Education Policy Institute (EPI), a think tank, called for more transparency into the performance the academies programme, a flagship government initiative which aims to improve standards. The findings are set to reignite a debate over whether academies are the ‘panacea’ when it comes to improving students’ attainment.

Local authorities and multi-academy trusts were ranked in terms of how much grades improved both at key stage 2 for primaries and GCSEs for secondary schools compared to the national average.

David Laws, chairman of EPI, said: “We aren’t saying that the whole academies programme has been a total waste of time but that there aren’t always schools where it’s a success.

“We are saying that in quite a lot of academy chains and in some schools the performance is less impressive than in local authorities.”

fis-edsolutions ltd – new 2016 handbook published

The Academies Financial Handbook sets out the financial management, control and reporting requirements that apply to all academy trusts. It describes a financial framework for trusts that focuses on principles rather than detailed guidance and reflects their accountability to Parliament and to the public.

Compliance with the handbook is a condition of each trust’s funding agreement.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/academies-financial-handbook?utm_source=EFA%20e-bulletin&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=e-bulletin&mxmroi=2305-30488-53455-0