Schools

Covid wipes almost a third off academies’ fundraising income

Charity Parentkind said PTA fundraisers upped their hours last year, but suffered from cancelled events and less lucrative virtual...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Schools

Six in 10 councils face DfE intervention to cut SEND deficits

All councils also face new guidance on making spending on pupils with special educational needs and disabilities 'sustainable'

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
School funding

Infant free school meals funding rate to rise by just 7p

Nadhim Zahawi says increase is 'because we know more can be done in the face of rising costs"'

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
School funding

‘Fair funding’ promised by 2027, and 8 more school cash changes

Another DfE consultation on the national funding formula outlines raft of new proposals

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

‘Recovery premium’ rolled out for all special school and AP pupils

Catch-up cash will increase for mainstream secondaries, rising to £60k on average, but rates frozen for most primaries

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

Council MAT trial next year – but caps on number and size

The DfE will 'test the concept' of local authority multi-academy trusts, inviting councils to join a small trial

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
School funding

DfE boast of £1 billion savings ‘shameful’, says union

Experts say budget cuts mean school savings are 'unsurprising'

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Teacher recruitment targets hiked as DfE predicts post-Covid exodus

Ministers have repeatedly missed past targets, but slashed trainee bursaries during a short-lived Covid boom

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Academy reserves surge to £3.9 billion after Covid savings

The average academy trust saw their reserves jump 29%, boosted by unlikely Covid windfalls

Tom Belger
Tom Belger