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One in five sixth form colleges ready for academy status - 25 Apr, 2017

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The academies minister, Lord John Nash, revealed at the recent Sixth Form College Association’s conference in London that one in five sixth form colleges have launched formal proceedings to convert to…

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New gender pay gap reporting affects academies too - 25 Apr, 2017

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As part of the Government’s ongoing fight to tackle inequality, all academy trusts and schools with more than 250 workers are now required to publish gender pay gap statistics, by April 2018, due to…

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The implications of Spring Budget 2017 for schools and academies - 25 Apr, 2017

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Many of the policy changes affecting the education sector were announced in advance of the Spring Budget 2017. Needless to say, the Chancellor’s statement contained relatively few surprises for schools…

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Education cuts “threatening to damage standards”, MPs warn - 25 Apr, 2017

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The Department for Education (DfE) is preparing to make cuts, to school funding, of around £3 billion by 2020. It says that £1.3 billion can be saved through better procurement and another £1.7 billion…

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Head teachers fear school budgets are growing “unsustainable” - 30 Jan, 2017

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Around 72 per cent of head teachers believe that school budgets will be “unsustainable” in two years’ time, a new study has revealed. The research, conducted by the National Association of Head Teachers…

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Academy trusts will need to publish financial records under new DfE scheme - 26 Jan, 2017

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The Government will publish the financial records of academy trusts in a bid to improve transparency, accountability and financial oversight in the public sector, a report has revealed. The education Select…

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One per cent pay rise to cost schools £250million a year, says DfE - 26 Jan, 2017

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An increase in teachers’ pay of just one per cent would generate a cost of more than £250million a year for schools, the Department for Education (DfE) has warned, adding that schools would have to…

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National Audit Office (NAO) report top-down academy accounting concerns - 26 Jan, 2017

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The Department for Education (DfE) has been told that its accounts on academies lack “truth and fairness”, following an investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO). The Government watchdog said…

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British schools spent £800m on supply teachers last year, says BBC - 18 Aug, 2016

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A recent BBC analysis has revealed that schools across the country spent approximately £800m on supply staff over the course of 2015, in order to cover job vacancies and staff absences. The results were…

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Research reveals how MAT funding is spent - 18 Aug, 2016

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 A comprehensive study conducted by Schools Week has revealed how multi-academy trusts (MATs) across the UK are budgeting money from their schools’ funding to pay for operational costs. Schools Week…

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