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 …

Play Sufficiency Assessments (PSA)

PAG Staff2023, Article, Case Studies, Leadership, Project Management, PSA, Testimonials

PSA: Play Sufficiency AssessmentOverviewIn 2022, PAG was commissioned by two Welsh local authorities, Pembrokeshire County Council and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, to conduct Play Sufficiency Assessments (PSAs) to evaluate the quality, sufficiency, and quantity of play areas for children in Pembrokeshire and Merthyr Tydfil.    PSAs are designed to help ensure children from 0-17 have accessible, high-quality, diverse play areas …

External Reviews of Governance

PAG Staff2023, Article, Capacity Mapping, Governance, Leadership, RAAC, Schools

External Reviews of GovernanceReviewing Your GovernanceIn this short blog, we discuss the importance and nuances of External Reviews of Governance (ERG) within the education sector and particularly within multi-academy trusts.Regular governance reviews are a critical aspect of good governance, demonstrating a trust’s commitment not only to the quality of its leadership and decision-makers, but also its preparedness for future plans …

RAAC: November Update

PAG Staff2023, Article, COVID-19, RAAC, Schools, Uncategorised

RAAC: November Update The Department for Education (DfE) has recently updated their list of schools and colleges confirmed to contain Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). As of October 16th, 214 schools are currently affected by RAAC. RAAC is a type of concrete which is lightweight and easier to produce than standard concrete but is less stable and prone to damage when …

Pre-Opening Project Management: Recruitment

PAG Staff2023, Article, Partnerships, Project Management, Recruitment, Schools, Uncategorised

Pre-Opening Project Management: Recruitment  When it comes to the pre-opening of a new school, one very important factor to consider is the recruitment of your new staff. Often, people begin recruiting staff 3-9 months before the opening of their new school. Our partners at MyNewTerm can help you manage this process and support you in finding suitable candidates to ensure …

Pre-Opening Project Management: Compliance

PAG Staff2023, Article, Partnerships, Project Management, Schools, Uncategorised

Pre-Opening Project Management: Compliance Opening a new free school can be daunting. There are many important factors to consider during the pre-opening phase to ensure the smooth running of your new school and the safety of students and staff. Our partners at Handsam offer crucial pre-opening project management services to support you with this, such as their Fire Risk Assessment, Competent …

Capital Project Management

PAG Staff2023, Article, free schools, Partnerships, Project Management, Schools, Uncategorised

Capital Project Management In August, the Department for Education (DfE) released the results of applications for free schools in the Wave 15 round. As successful applicants embark on the next stages of their free school journey, they encounter the challenging and time-consuming pre-opening phase. For many schools in the pre-opening phase, the initial hurdles involve finding and securing suitable sites and …

Free Schools and PAG: Q&A with Tom and Charlotte 

PAG Staff2023, Interview

Free Schools and PAG: Q&A with Tom and Charlotte PAG’s Directors, Tom Legge and Charlotte Pearce Cornish, both have a wealth of experience with the Free School Programme. Tom has been involved from the start of the Free Schools movement, having led the team that placed the first ever free school proposal on the minister’s desk, the day after the 2010 …

Our time at PAG: A chat with ex PAG interns

PAG Staff2023, Article, Interview, Profiles, Recruitment

Our time at PAG:A chat with ex-PAG internsAs it’s currently the PAG intern takeover, we wanted to reach out to previous PAG interns to find out where they are now and how their experience working with PAG has benefited them. We got in touch with Anna Fosse-Galtier and Ellie Wright to talk about the projects they worked on at PAG, …