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ACDS publishes updated children’s services policy paper

PAG Staff2024, Article, Attainment Gap, Case Studies, Early Years, Government reporting, Inequalities, Local Authorities, Policy, Schools

ACDS publishes updated children’s services policy paper In a compelling update to its 2017 policy position paper, “A Country That Works for All Children,” the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ACDS) has released a new policy paper that serves as both a reflection on the past seven years and a fervent call to action. This latest document underscores the persistent …

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Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF)

PAG Staff2024, Article, bid writing, Capacity Mapping, free schools, Fund, Grant, Project Management, Recruitment, TCaF

The Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF)The Department for Education’s Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) is designed to support the growth and development of academy trusts in England, offering financial assistance for trusts to enhance their capacity for managing more schools effectively. This funding aims at encouraging trusts to expand and improve, particularly by taking on underperforming schools in areas of high need, …

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Government introduces new teacher training apprenticeships

PAG Staff2024, Article, Leadership, Policy, Recruitment, Schools

Government introduces newteaching apprenticeshipsThis autumn marks a revolutionary shift in the landscape of teacher training, recruitment, and education with the launch of a new teacher degree apprenticeship program. Aimed at transforming the way schools recruit teachers, this initiative is designed to support individuals who wish to earn while they study for a degree, offering a high-quality, alternative route into the …

The Emergency School Improvement Fund (ESIF)

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The Emergency School Improvement Fund (ESIF) Explained The Emergency School Improvement Fund (ESIF) from the Department for Education (DfE) is a crucial fund for schools to address challenges that demand immediate intervention. It is designed to offer financial support to schools that are facing unexpected or imminent failure in various areas such as leadership, governance, safeguarding, human resources, and finance.What is …

11-16 Education Committee Report: Government Responds

PAG Staff2024, Article, free schools, Government reporting, Policy, Press Release

House of Lords 11-16 Education Report and Government Response Education for 11–16 Year Olds Committee Report In a 2023 report titled ‘Requires Improvement: Urgent Change for 11-16 Education’, a House of Lords Committee outlined relatively severe reforms it felt were urgently needed to improve the standards of 11-16 year olds’ education, with particular reference to the digital and green economies. A brief …

Kreston Reeves UK Academies Benchmark Report 2024

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Kreston Reeves UKAcademies Benchmark Report 2024The Kreston Reeves UK Academies Benchmark Report for 2024 presents an in-depth analysis of the financial health and operational challenges facing academy trusts across the United Kingdom. The report, which draws on data from nearly 300 Trusts and over 2,300 schools, offers a comprehensive overview of the sector’s current state, highlighting the resilience and challenges …

DfE Updates ESFA Guidance

PAG Staff2024, Article, free schools, Fund, Grant, Schools

DfE Updates ESFA Guidance The DfE recently updated it’s information and guidance on the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Please keep reading below for a summary of the key additions and changes. If you’re interested in funding for your school or trust, PAG has a significant history of supporting our clients to secure funding and would be delighted to speak …

Free Schools – S10 Statutory Consultations

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Free Schools – S10 Statutory Consultations The statutory consultation process under Section 10 (S10) of a free school bid plays a crucial role in shaping the future of these educational institutions. In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of S10 statutory consultations, exploring their purpose, key elements, and the broader implications for stakeholders. Understanding Free Schools and S10 Consultations: Free …

Early Years Wraparound Funding

Early Years Wraparound Care Funding for LAs

PAG Staff2023, Capacity Mapping, Early Years, Fund, Local Authorities, Schools

Early Years Wraparound Care Funding for Local AuthoritiesThe DfE has published guidance and timelines for local authorities (LA), outlining its plans for changes to early years wraparound care funding and how it is utilised. The national wraparound childcare programme is part of the childcare reforms announced at the 2023 Spring Budget. The government’s ambition is that by 2026, all parents …

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Childcare Sufficiency Assessments (CSAs)

PAG Staff2023, Article, Case Studies, Early Years

Childcare Sufficiency Assessments (CSAs)OverviewAt PAG, one influential service we offer is support with Childcare Sufficiency Assessments (CSAs). Since our formation in 2015, we’ve undertaken CSAs for 30 local authorities (LAs) throughout England and Wales and have experience which stretches back to childcare audits in the early days of Sure Start and the Childcare Act 2006. Local authorities have a crucial …