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

Paolo Gattavari COVID-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 Mitchell COVID-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 …

PAG Launches Universal, Free Support to Free School Applicants

PAG Staff Fund, Schools

PAG Launches Universal, Free Support to Free School Applicants N ew Schools Network announced recently that the Department for Education will no longer be providing funding for NSN to support free school applicant groups. Premier Advisory Group (PAG) has taken the decision to fill this gap in provision by launching a universal, free advice service to all free school proposers. …

Cultural Capital at School – Our interview with Kate Fripp

Anna Fosse-Galtier Inequalities, Interview, Policy, Schools

Cultural Capital at School Our interview with Kate Fripp🎙 A year ago, PAG published an article about the introduction of cultural capital into the Ofsted Inspection Framework. From September 2019, Ofsted asked their inspectors to ‘consider the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life,’ and to introduce pupils to …

The DfE announces the new Teaching School Hubs

PAG Staff Project Management, Schools

The DfE announces the new Teaching School Hubs The DfE has announced the organisations that have been approved as Teaching School Hubs. Premier Advisory Group offers its warmest congratulations to all the successful schools, and are delighted that a number of our clients have succeeded in securing the Teaching School Hub status. The application window closed on 30th October 2020 …

Press release: PAG Launches Kickstart for Schools

PAG Staff Recruitment, Schools

Press release: PAG launches Kickstart for Schools Premier Advisory Group has launched a school specific Kickstart programme. This allows schools of any type or size, from a 1FE maintained primary school to a 20+ school MAT to offer employment opportunities to young people which are fully funded by the government. The scheme promises huge benefits to the sector as it …

Child Trust Funds: 700,000 accounts forgotten about or lost

Will Phillips Fund, Schools

Child Trust Funds: 700,000 accounts forgotten about or lost Child Trust Funds Child Trust Funds (CTF) were introduced in September 2002 as a means for investing in children’s futures. At birth, every child living in the UK (not subject to immigration controls) was provided with a voucher worth £250 by the government to open a Trust Fund account; a further £250 was given to children from low-income families. At age 7, the government then made an additional payment of £250 into the account, …

Prepping for your 2020-21 Condition Improvement Fund

PAG Staff Schools

Prepping for your 2020-21 Condition Improvement Fund What?! Now? Really?While the surprise announcement of additional CIF awards is only a few weeks old, you would think that it would be a little premature to start considering bids to the 2021 fund. Far from it. DfE is due to issue guidance for CIF 2021 in October 2020 with the deadline for …

Wave 2

PAG celebrates successful Wave 2 clients

PAG Staff Schools

PAG celebrates successful Wave 2 clients Premier Advisory Group is delighted to celebrate the trusts who were successful in their bids to open new SEND/AP Free Schools via Wave 2 of the DfE programme. These successful applications include a number of PAG’s clients:  Ambitious about Autism Academies TrustAmbitious About Autism Academies Trust has been selected to sponsor a new 4 to 19 school for children and young people with …

Policy Doctor: An Origin Story

PAG Staff Governance, 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 …