Kreston Reeves UK Academies Benchmark Report 2024

PAG Staff2024, Article, free schools, Fund, Governance, Leadership, online resources, Schools

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 …

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 …

PAG Explains: Trust Mergers

PAG Staff2022, Article, Governance, Leadership, online resources, Schools

PAG Explains: Trust MergersFollowing the release of the White Paper back in March, mergers are the talk of the day. The DfE are now not only proposing academy conversions but encouraging smaller MATs to become larger. In response, PAG’s clients are now commonly asking us about how to prepare for a merger discussion.PAG has a proven route to guiding MATs …

Where is the English Education System Heading? An Insight into the Future of Multi Academy Trusts

Paolo GattavariCOVID-19, Governance, Schools

Where is the English Education System Heading? An Insight into the Future of Multi Academy Trusts At the Foundation for Education Development summit, which took place at the beginning of March, Secretary of State Gavin Williamson restated the importance for schools to build partnerships and join a bigger family, that is, to become part of a Multi Academy Trust. ‘Multi …

PAG’s Kickstart Journey

Lily MitchellCOVID-19, Governance, Schools

PAG’s Kickstart Journey: Our Progress Thus Far Seven weeks ago, Premier Advisory Group was approved by the DWP as a Kickstart Gateway. Since then, we have been working tirelessly to introduce this fantastic initiative to the wider education sector, within which we had long identified a need for extra support based on a clear understanding of the sector’s needs.  To date, we have received just short of 400 requests for employees via Kickstart and have helped …

Windrush Grant Scheme: Powerful Projects to Promote Awareness

Lily MitchellFund, Governance, Grant

Windrush Grant Scheme: Powerful Projects to Promote Awareness The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched The Windrush Day Grant Scheme which aims to encourage community engagement in projects to celebrate the arrival of MV Empire Windrush in June 1948.   The Grant Scheme is part of the Government’s efforts to celebrate, commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution to British society through meaningful projects in England. Windrush Day is on 22nd June and recognises the …

MATs and Financial Stability: The Challenging Journey Towards Sustainable Growth

Paolo GattavariGovernance

MATs and Financial Stability: The Challenging Journey Towards Sustainable Growth As the report Sustainable Growth in Multi Academy Trusts, published by Primary Site in summer 2020, has shown, in 2019 and early 2020 trusts’ growth has slowed, despite the Government’s encouragement to MATs leaders to take on new schools. The bulk of the research was undertaken between October 2019 and …

Governance during COVID-19

PAG StaffCOVID-19, Governance, Leadership

Governance during COVID-19 Gary Brown is an experienced non-executive director and Academy Ambassador who currently sits on the board of a small all-through MAT in Warwickshire and a mid-sized MAT in the West Midlands. Read below to learn more about Gary’s experience as a governor during COVID-19. w Over the past few weeks, I have worked with a number of organisations to …

Policy Doctor: An Origin Story

PAG StaffGovernance, Leadership, Schools

Policy Doctor: An Origin Story S taff meetings at PAG are often interrupted by shared experiences of interminable and less than effective governing body/trust meetings. The root of these frustrations is the same each time – wasted time and effort that could be expended more fruitfully on focusing on teaching and learning. One of the biggest drains on time is …