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

PAG Staff Schools

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

PAG Staff Schools

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?

PAG Staff Schools

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?

PAG Staff Schools

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 …

DfE launches new academy funding round

Tom Legge Schools

This week, the DfE opened applications for the MAT Development and Improvement Fund (MDIF). This new funding is designed to support two particular types of applicant: Those aiming to form a new multi-academy trust (MAT) of at least two schools Existing trusts aiming to take on at least two additional schools Within these broad groups, priority will be given to …