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Preparing for your Free School Interview

PAG Staff Schools

Premier Advisory Group offers a mock interview service to any team with an application submitted to wave 14 or any other competition for a new school. We have significant experience on both sides of the interview table and bring all our knowledge and experience to every mock interview we give. Our team will put you through a process which mirrors …

Free Schools Planned for North of England

PAG Staff Schools

Earlier this week, The Sunday Times posted figures that indicated pupils in the north of England are being “let down” by schools. These figures suggest that 15% of northern children are making below-average progress between the end of primary school and their GCSEs, compared with 8% of their peers in the south. The Sunday Times also reported that new free …

Opening ceremony for Prince Albert Community Trust’s first secondary school

PAG Staff Schools

On Thursday 30th of January, PAG is delighted to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for Prince Albert Community Trust’s first high school, opening September 2021. In 2016, PAG assisted Prince Albert Community Trust in writing and submitting an application to the DfE for a brand new 11-18 free school, to help address the growing need for secondary school places in Birmingham …

Parental Engagement in Schools

Yashna Smart Schools

The Education Endowment Fund defines parental engagement as “the involvement of parents in supporting their children’s academic learning.” The association between parental engagement and a child’s academic success is well-established and there is a long history of research into parental engagement programmes. Parent/carer engagement is important because working together (with mothers, fathers and carers) has been shown to have a …

Are EHCPs the most effective way of meeting pupils’ needs?

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The Heads’ Roundtable, a high-profile group of Headteachers from across the UK, has called for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to be “scrapped” after a report was released by the House of Commons Education Select Committee in October, which looked at the impact and implementation of the 2014 SEND reforms. The report followed an 18-month inquiry into Government reforms, aimed …

Evaluating your Provision’s Curriculum and Resources with your Budget in Mind

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In the last year there has been a strong effort to integrate curricula with financial planning in schools and trusts across the country. Organisations across the sector are looking to meet the needs of their pupils in a cost-effective manner as budgets become more constrained. Integrated Curriculum Financial Planning (ICFP) evaluations were first introduced as mandatory components for some Department …

Education Secretary Expected to Lift Faith Cap

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Following news last month that the Education Secretary was facing an intra-Party battle over the cap which currently forces new faith schools to admit a maximum of 50% of each intake using faith-related criteria, an article in The Sunday Times (18 February 2018) suggests that Damian Hinds fought a good fight and is set to follow through on an election …

Will missing the sweet spot leave a sour taste?

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MATs set to stay at the top of the Agenda for 2018   The current optimum size for a multi academy trust described by, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Schools System, Lord Agnew as the ‘sweet spot’[1] is between 12-20 schools. There are over 2,700 trusts with 10 or fewer schools and 593 ‘empty MATs’, trusts which have …

Can we Measure the Success of the Pupil Premium?

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A report this month from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has audited school funding policy from 2010, given the prominent role it has played in contemporary education policy and debate. Given the National Audit Office’s (NAO) expectation that schools will need to make savings of c£3 billion to balance their budgets and the wait for the full implementation …