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fis-edsolutions ltd -There are 5,758 academies in England, making up more than a quarter of state-funded schools.

There are 5,758 academies in England, making up more than a quarter of state-funded schools.

Guidance to academies produced by the DfE makes clear that academy trusts must declare business and pecuniary interests of “members, trustees, local governors…and senior employees”.

And it states: “Trusts must publish on their websites relevant business and pecuniary interests of members, trustees, local governors and accounting officers.”

The publication of interests by schools allows parents and other interested parties to see the background and business links of governors and academy trustees, including any potential ways they could benefit financially.

BBC News has chosen not to publish the names of schools while the DfE looks into the findings.

Academies in numbers

5,758

academies in England

28%

of all state-funded schools

3,430 primary acadamies

2,068 secondary academies

260 special and alternative provision

1,004 school in the pipeline to become academies

Sourhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37620007ce: DFE as of 1 October 2016

Fis-edsolutions blogs bbc report – Academy schools breach transparency rules

Nineteen academy schools are to be investigated for “flouting” rules on transparency following a BBC investigation.

The schools have not published a register of all their governors’ interests, against official rules.

Education campaigners say there is “a culture of secrecy” around some academies.

The Department for Education (DfE) said the “rules were clear” and it would investigate.

BBC England’s data unit selected 100 academies across England at random and found 19 of them had not either published a current register of interests for governors on their school or trust websites, or had only given the interests of directors and members.

Fis-edsolutions ltd blogs report that outlines a shortage of teachers as per recent report:

 

Up to 19,000 more so-called school leaders will be needed by 2022, according to research by Teach First and the leadership charities Future Leaders Trust and Teaching Leaders.

They include heads, deputies, assistants and executive heads running academy chains. More than ever will be needed because of the growth of multi-academy trusts, which also need executive heads as well as heads for individual schools.

Teachers who are young, female or from an ethnic minority need to be fast-tracked into leadership roles, the report said, and executive heads should be sought from outside the profession.

fis-edsolutions ltd bloggs bbc report housands of smaller primaries and secondaries in England are becoming financially unviable, heads say.

Thousands of smaller primaries and secondaries in England are becoming financially unviable, heads say.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) says one-form entry primaries and secondaries with 600 pupils or fewer will “fall off a cliff” financially unless new funds are found.

The government says it has been protecting school budgets.

Independent experts say they face real-terms cuts of 8% to cover cost rises in pension, pay and national insurance.

The Institute of Fiscal Studies says having been insulated from real-terms cuts over the last Parliament, schools are likely to feel the pinch more over the current Parliament, with spending per pupil set to fall.

‘Big issue’

A one-form entry primary has about 210 pupils, 65 fewer than the average-sized primary school.

Some 20% of primaries (3,478) in England have fewer than 200 pupils, and 30% (5,037) have fewer than 300 pupils.

The average-sized 11-to-16 secondary has about 970 pupils, while a three-form secondary has about 450 pupils and a four-form primary has about 600.

Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the ASCL, told the BBC: “At some smaller schools, the funding will become such that they would not be able to support their teaching infrastructure.

“They will not be financially viable.

“One-form entry primary schools, and three- to four-form entry secondary schools, are going to find it extremely difficult, especially in low-funded education authorities.

“This size of school is quite common, and they are under real threat.

“They are going to find it extremely difficult to provide a full curriculum and maintain the support staff infrastructure needed to run the school.

“It’s all down to the cost pressures that have come home to roost – the unfunded pay rises, national insurance costs and pension contributions.”

‘Historic unfairness’

He said with continuing delays to the publication of the long-awaited new national funding formula for England’s schools, due now to be introduced in 2018, were really struggling.

Education is devolved in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so the national governments deal with the funding of their own schools.

And some areas have greater numbers of smaller schools than others. In Oxfordhsire, nearly 40% of primary schools have fewer than 200 pupils, for example.

“The big, big issue is because [the Department for Education] is not doing anything until 2018, they really need to do something for schools who are going to fall off a cliff financially or run into a wall in 2017,” said Mr Trobe.

He suggested schools might find solutions to their funding issues by sharing specialist teachers with a group of neighbouring schools.

Alternatively, they might choose to share some of their support services with other schools.

The Department for Education said: “In reality the schools budget has been protected and in 2016-17 totals over £40bn, the highest ever on record.

“The government’s fairer funding proposals will ensure that areas with the highest need attract the most funding and end the historic unfairness in the system.”

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