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Two free schools racked up almost £2 million in debt after the Department for Education repeatedly allowed them to over-predict pupil numbers for three years without any plan...
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The government has spent almost £100 million on advice for free school projects over the past three years, according to documents obtained by Schools Week which reveal for...
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We shouldn’t just throw money at the system, says Luke Sibieta; we have to use it smartly. School funding was a source of much controversy during the recent...
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A Kent headteacher has told parents they will need to pay for their child to be part of the school’s sports team due to budget cuts. Lee Hunter,...
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Some schools are generating tens of thousands of pounds a year by renting out wedding spaces, hiring out food vans and opening shops. In an effort to make...
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Headteachers and leaders of academy trusts should be paid well, says Anita Kerwin-Nye. Just don’t justify their high salaries with the language of the corporate boardroom I have...
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Reduced budgets have already had devastating consequences in East Sussex, says Liam Collins. “If there are more things that we can do to save, then it is the...
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Donations from wealthy sponsors are helping academy trusts to safeguard school trips, breakfast clubs and sports competitions as other schools are forced to axe provision as the funding...
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Two academy trusts set up by for-profit providers that have made millions running schools across the globe have ended their sponsorship of English academies. The Erudition Schools Trust...
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More than 100 schools are now rebrokered every year as the booming academy transfer market pushes costs to a potential £30 million. Figures obtained by Schools Week have...
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The Department for Education’s top civil servant has admitted that better communication could have solved an administrative error that led to it being the only department hauled in...
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A school has told staff to “switch off non-essential” lights – even when pupils are in school – to save money. A primary school in the north of...
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Auditors are increasingly raising the alarm about academy trusts at risk of running out of money, with chains raiding reserves and eyeing expansion to pay off deficits. A...
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Plans for the first “strike” of school governors have prompted a warning about the morale of volunteers who are being forced to make school staff redundant as budgets...
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The schools minister Nick Gibb has said he is “comfortable” with the way schools are dealing with rising cost pressures. It comes despite headteachers recently revealing how they...
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More than a third of parents have been asked to donate money to their child’s school, according to a new survey by PTA UK, a charity which represents...
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Schools in multi-academy trusts spend less on “back office” costs and more on primary teaching staff, compared to standalone academies and local authority schools. Primary schools in multi-academy...
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Entrepreneurial academy trusts are taking advantage of their cash freedoms to make six-figure profits by investing in stocks and shares, a Schools Week investigation has found. The Brooke...
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Manchester City Council is refusing to budget for three of the four free schools due to open in the city this September. From this year, councils have to...
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An academy has been renamed in recognition of its millionaire sponsor, just months after it was put in special measures and is possibly facing rebrokerage. The Business Academy...
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The government has written off £800,000 it was unable to claw back from free schools. Schools Week revealed last month that the DfE needed to claw back £11...
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Local authorities will now have to estimate how many pupils move to certain free schools opening in their area under changes to how the government recoups funding. Under...
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It’s been a bumpy year, with school leaders left wondering who to watch for the next flurry of activity, says Matthew Clements-Wheeler. As I write this, my daughter...
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The government has today published further details about its new national funding formula. Schools Week has taken a closer look at each of the new funding blocks. The...
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The government is set to lift a veil of secrecy over academy spending in a transparency drive that will reveal reported frauds, and uncover who the highest-paid chief...
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A primary’s “feeder” pre-school has been charging parents a “retainer fee” of almost £300 to secure government-funded nursery places that should have been free. St Peter’s pre-school playgroup,...
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A new interactive website which purports to calculate the cuts faced by every school in England has been launched – with some parts of the country predicted to lose...
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Nearly £13 million in pledged capital funding is still owed to the government by eight academy sponsors, with two trusts owing more than £10 million between them. Early...
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A review launched into academy pension deficits will recommend ways to address the enormous funding gap in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). Schools Week revealed last week...
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Private schools are bumping up their fees while state school funding remains flat, widening the attainment gap between the state and independent sectors, academics have claimed. Research published...
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Trusts will face surprise costs unless they wise up to the need for extra due diligence when taking over a rebrokered academy, trust leaders warn. Dean Ashton, chief...
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A school waiting for investment under the government’s flagship building programme has been forced to reduce its pupil numbers after classrooms were deemed so unsafe they had to...
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The leader of an academy trust under investigation by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) has launched a scathing attack on the government’s financial management. Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski (pictured),...
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School budgets at “breaking point” are forcing headteachers to take “drastic measures”, a union leader has warned. Heads of primary and secondary schools across West Sussex sent a...
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Just five state schools have opened cadet clubs since former chancellor George Osborne announced a £50 million grant last year to boost the number of units five-fold. Figures...
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The Careers and Enterprise Company will do more to support and train teachers, its chief executive has said after criticism of the organisation’s use of public money. Claudia...
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Private schools and universities will be pushed into sponsoring schools to haul up standards in the state sector, despite an analysis of their current involvement revealing a chequered...
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Spending the summer worrying about the return of grammar schools is like worrying the NHS is about to reintroduce frontal lobotomies. Lobotomies, like grammars, were a miracle cure...
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The financial management of a collapsed academy chain is being scrutinised by the government after it stepped in to block the trust contracting a consultancy firm run by its...
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The government has been called on to toughen up rules around academy trust finances after an investigation revealed 40 chains had spent more than £1 million on executive expenses,...
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The implementation of the new national funding formula has been pushed back to 2018-19, Justine Greening has announced. The new education secretary has confirmed today that the government...
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Schools face making more redundancies and multi-academy trusts will be hampered from taking over struggling schools, education leaders have told Schools Week, as the implications of the government’s...
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The government has confirmed today it is still aiming to fund schools under a new national funding formula from 2017, indicating for the first time the new education...
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Schools and businesses are increasingly being encouraged to establish partnerships.  Yet with so many different organisations to work with, it can be difficult for school leaders to know...
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The new education secretary Justine Greening appears to have committed to introducing a new national fair funding formula today, although refused to pledge more cash for schools. Responding to concerns...
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The government must justify the “substantial difference” in costs between teacher training routes, a new report has claimed, with calls for a review into the additional costs to...
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This week the government announced £41 million of funding over the next four years to support the introduction of South Asian mastery mathematics into 8000 primary schools. Dr Mark...
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The government is heading for an £180 million overspend on just one phase of a major school rebuilding project – with warnings of delays in delivering its multi-billion...
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The government has published letters outlining financial concerns at academies in west Yorkshire and Manchester. The Department for Education has this afternoon published financial notices to improve issued by the Education Funding...
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The government has admitted it is not yet in a position to release details of its first consultation on the national fair funding formula – fuelling more concerns...
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Schools may be able to benefit from extra government funding to protect them from racist attacks after last week’s Brexit vote. In the Commons on Wednesday, David Cameron...
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Schools will continue to receive extra money to help pupils who fall behind in reading and maths, but criteria for deciding who will receive the cash — and...
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A third of a £6 million funding pot aimed at building character in school pupils will be targeted at military-style projects, prompting criticism from campaigners. The government has...
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Philanthropists like giving to schools, says Angela Kail. But if the school system in England was ever straightforward for charities, it isn’t any more. Here’s a guide through...
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Few would argue with the merits of a national funding formula and a fairer distribution of the current quantum. There have been historic winners and losers in school...
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The publication of the national funding formula consultation yesterday has fired the starting pistol on the race to create a funding framework that is fit for purpose. There...
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We shouldn’t judge disadvantaged pupils purely by the academic achievements of students in the best schools, but if used well, the premium is the way to lift barriers...
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The pace of change has made it a tough year for schools, academies and their business managers. But it is also the year that school business management came of...
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As one school consults parents on regular cash contributions to boost its ailing coffers, editor Laura McInerney considers the implications   Schools are facing a grim financial situation....
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Schools are busy, under-resourced places that often turn to outside agencies for help. But beware: there is a trade-off between getting the job done and the potential risks...
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Schools lose 80 per cent of their budgets to salaries, but they could be more creative with the remaining 20 per cent and drive down costs The education...
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The focus this year is on transparency, with the 2015 handbook seeking to bring in new rules to ensure academies spend public money wisely and fairly The annual...
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It can be daunting, but academy trustees are legally bound to understand the financial position of their school. Read on . . . Academy trust finances continue to be a...
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Funding cuts, a recruitment crisis . . . what is there to be happy about? Well, the quality of the profession and the initial signals the government is...
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James Croft gives his take on plans to force “coasting” schools to become academies as revealed in today’s Queen’s Speech. A shortage of high quality academy sponsors and an inefficient...
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A Conservative government with Nicky Morgan as secretary of state gives some chance of stability to allow schools to implement changes already in the pipeline In the National...
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The Conservatives have a clear majority. So what is the reality for school leaders, governors and teachers? Many of us will remember the 1997 election and the glow...
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The DfE cannot compel academies to share their land, but changes to funding agreements will make it difficult to resist Amid concerns about the shortage of pupil places...
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The pupil premium is a wonderfully optimistic policy. But there are a few key ingredients that will help to boost the success of disadvantaged pupils – and it’s...
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Properly managing conflicts of interest and related party transactions is an essential part of the proper management of a school At the end of 2014, the National Audit...
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The whole point of the awards is to highlight successful approaches we didn’t even know existed Scientific evidence shows that well-designed prizes can be powerful drivers of behaviour...
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The Pupil Premium Awards benefit schools that had a little more talent and a lot of luck Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, when asked to report his ‘favourite equation’,...
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Tristram Hunt declined to comment. Those words leapt out in a New Statesman article earlier this year describing how private and state schools could demolish walls between them....
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The Education Secretary wants private schools to earn their right be considered a charity. But many state schools are also charities, which provides tax benefits in return for...
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The way in which the Dedicated Schools Grant, one of the main components of school funding, is calculated is changing. The Department for Education says that, for the...
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State-funded boarding schools run as a school, not as a care home, are the best solution for children failed by the education system Why should we care about...
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All state boarding schools have two sets of accounts: the standard accounts of any state day school and, separately, the accounts of all expenditure and money received for...
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State boarding schools are an unusual hybrid. They sound a bit like private schools (they’re not), they sound as if they’re free (also wrong), and they sound like...
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Edition eight editorial New DfE building to include gym and art collection When Nicky Morgan said spare money should be spent in schools, she was right. Given we have...
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The way in which the Dedicated Schools Grant, one of the main components of school funding, is calculated is changing. The Department for Education says that, for the...
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The way in which the Dedicated Schools Grant, one of the main components of school funding, is calculated is changing. The Department for Education says that, for the...
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The UK’s 160,000 young carers do not do as well as their peers at school. Giving them the pupil premium is one way to lower their barriers to...
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As new free schools are due to open this month, some have opened in temporary accommodation and others have had to delay due to lack of suitable site....
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Tom Sherrington, headteacher at Highbury Grove School, north London, on how research can be absorbed into classroom practice in a meaningful way The aim of my talk was...