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  • 16 to 19 discretionary bursary and extended work placements funding

    Advice March 2018

    The ESFA is making additional 16 to 19 bursary funding available to institutions that are delivering extended work placements in the 2018 to 2019 academic year with the Capacity and Delivery Fund.

  • 16 to 19 funding: advanced maths premium

    Advice March 2018

    The DfE has published information about the new advanced maths premium on GOV.UK. The advanced maths premium is paid at a set rate of £600 per year, per additional student, for one or two years, depending on the type and size of qualification studied.

  • 16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

    Advice June 2016

    The EFA and SFA have updated their funding guidance to reflect the fact that the 16-19 maths and English condition of funding has been extended from November 2016 to summer 2017 to cover the teaching of legacy GCSE specifications in those subjects. The same rules apply to IGCSEs and equivalent Level

  • 16-19 Funding Campaign

    Advice November 2017

    In October 2017, the Sixth Form Colleges Association conducted an online survey of state schools (school sixth forms, academy sixth forms and free school sixth forms) and colleges (FE colleges and Sixth Form Colleges) in England.

  • 16-19 funding developments

    Advice January 2014

    The outrage from across the post-16 sector at the EFA’s announcement of a 17.5 per cent funding cut for 18 year-old students was followed by the Education Select Committee pursuing the matter.

  • 16-19 latest funding developments

    Advice March 2014

    The EFA has issued updated student numbers to a number of schools and academies.

  • 16-19 pupil premium baseline funding

    Advice October 2018

    A guide has now been issued by the ESFA to accompany downloads of data relating to sixth form and FE students who were eligible for Pupil Premium funding or who received SEN support in Year 11.

  • 2016-17 Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

    Advice September 2016

    The DfE has confirmed that schools will receive the same total amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding as they received in 2015/16, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.

  • 2018 to 2019 academy general annual grant allocations

    Advice March 2018

    The ESFA has begun the process of uploading academy funding allocations for 2018/19 to the Information Exchange. Allocations for academies that opened before, or on 1 January 2018, will appear by the end of March 2018.

  • 2018-19 allocations for 16-19 institutions

    Advice January 2018

    The ESFA has now written to all ESFA funded 16-19 institutions about funding for the academic year 2018/19. Colleges will also have received information about their post-16 allocation calculation toolkit (ACT) (the toolkit for schools and academies will be available in early February).

  • A perfect storm?

    Leader article July 2015

    A 5 per cent hike in costs in the next 18 months will put all schools under more pressure, but an unequal funding system is exacerbating the problems for some. Members need to take action now, reports Julie Nightingale.

  • A question of balance

    Leader article February 2014

    Sam Ellis has been worrying about even-handedness in school since he was a lad. Instead of concerns about being kept behind in class, he’s now anxious about education funding being reasonable and just or, at least, fairer than it was.

  • Academies - submission arrangements for 2015-16 audited accounts

    Advice December 2016

    All academy trusts that have a signed funding agreement during the accounting period to 31 August 2016 must submit audited accounts (annual report, financial statements and auditor’s management letter) for the period ending 31 August 2016 to the EFA.

  • Academies Accounts Return 2015 - 2016

    Advice December 2016

    The accounts return online form is under review and should be available soon. The EFA will be contacting all academy trust accounting officers with instructions for registering and setting up the new online system for their accounts return.

  • Academies Financial Handbook

    Advice July 2016

    The 2016 edition of the Academies Financial Handbook has been published on the DfE website.

  • Academies Financial Handbook - 2017 version

    Advice August 2017

    This core document for academies has been reviewed and updated and the revised version published 27 July 2017. ASCL's Business Leadership Specialist Val Andrew provides a summary of the changes.

  • Academies – Calling to account

    Leader article October 2014

    Val Andrew explores what’s new in the 2014 Academies Financial Handbook.

  • Academy auditors

    Advice March 2014

    Last summer the EFA ran a series of seminars for academy auditors that were designed to address inconsistencies in the interpretation of aspects of the audit process and requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook (AFH).

  • Academy revenue funding allocations 2017/18

    Advice March 2017

    These allocations should now be visible via EFA Information Exchange. Allocations are for academies that opened on or before 1 January 2017.

  • Additional capital funding 2018-2019

    Advice February 2019

    In the Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced an extra £400 million capital funding for schools in 2018 to 2019.

  • Additional capital funding for 2018 to 2019

    Advice November 2018

    The government has published guidance about the £400 million capital funding announced in the Budget, for schools in England.

  • Advice to members with regard to responding to DENI draft budget

    Advice December 2014

    Following a meeting on Thursday, 11 December of the ASCL Northern Ireland Executive, a letter opposing the proposed cuts to the education budget has been sent to DE Permanent Secretary Paul Sweeney.

  • Application process for sixth form colleges to be academies

    February 2016

    The DfE has published information for sixth form colleges considering becoming a 16 to 19 academy, including how to apply, and the application form.

  • Application rounds for Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education

    Advice November 2017

    The application rounds for Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education opened on 1 November and will close at midnight, 7 December.

  • Applications for 2016 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice December 2015

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from less-privileged backgrounds to access top universities and careers.

  • Applications for 2018 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice October 2017

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from less-privileged backgrounds to access top universities and careers. They run completely free programmes featuring mentoring, internships with top companies, university application support, and skills workshops.

  • Applications for 2019 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice November 2018

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from low income backgrounds to access top universities and careers.

  • Apprenticeship Levy

    Advice December 2016

    ASCL has taken every opportunity to lobby about the Apprenticeship Levy. We will continue to call on the government to make schools exempt. ASCL Funding Specialist Julia Harnden has had a series of meetings to discuss growing the number of appropriate apprenticeship programmes relevant to schools.

  • Area Based Reviews

    Guidance paper October 2015

    This guidance paper is relevant to all senior staff working in post-16 settings who may be involved in area reviews, and for all those who have an interest in the significant structural reforms likely to occur in colleges and other post-16 providers.

  • Asbestos management

    Advice February 2017

    The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has published new guidance aimed at schools, local authorities and trusts in understanding their obligations and duties in relation to asbestos management in schools. The guidance was first published in March 2015 and has been updated with more information.

  • Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP)

    Advice April 2018

    The ESFA has recently published the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) online portal user-guide on GOV.UK. Responsible Bodies (RBs) are being asked to complete the AMAP.

  • ASCL Cymru: Funding reports and spreadsheet tool

    Advice February 2018

    At the end of 2017, ASCL Cymru commissioned an examination of the funding currently available in Welsh education. The reports look at how and where funding is distributed from Whitehall to Welsh government and local authorities, and identifies areas for further development.

  • ASCL Funding Campaign: What Would You Cut?

    Advice March 2017

    Education funding is at breaking point because of rising costs and flat cash. After the successful launch of our #WhatWouldYouCut campaign on Twitter, on Sunday 5 March we need your help to continue the momentum.

  • August accounts return live webinar

    Advice November 2015

    Registration is now open for the 2 December EFA webinar on the accounts return.

  • Basic tenets of sound financial planning - business leadership

    Leader article May 2015

    Val Andrew outlines some basic tenets of sound financial planning to ensure that your school or college is running at maximum efficiency.

  • Blurred lines

    Leader article July 2014

    Increasing numbers of business leaders are experiencing problems because it is unclear who is responsible for what in their schools, says Richard Bird.

  • Braced for change

    Leader article January 2016

    Working in a MAT or stand-alone school? Operational or strategic role? Val Andrew looks at what the future holds for school business leaders and school business managers.

  • Business Leadership

    Leader article December 2014

    ASCL’s new training DVD aims to give people a deeper understanding of budgets and balance sheets and so help avoid clashes over spending, says Val Andrew.

  • Call for business leaders: DfE recruitment drive for School Efficiency Advisers

    Advice February 2018

    The DfE is currently recruiting School Efficiency Advisers (SEAs) who can provide tailored advice on how to make the best use of a school’s or trust’s resources. This support will be available for schools and trusts identified by the DfE.

  • Call for evidence - Private Finance Initiative (PFI)

    Advice March 2018

    Last year, in response to increasing concerns from members, ASCL collected several valuable case studies about the seemingly insurmountable challenges that PFI schools are faced with. We are now ready to build further evidence and are keen to set up a PFI Reference Group.

  • Capital funding

    Advice January 2014

    The Sixth Form College BCIF budget has been confirmed.

  • Care to Learn – change in arrangements

    Advice September 2015

    If you have any students who are young parents at your school or college, you need to be aware of new funding arrangements that will enable them to continue in education and receive childcare support.

  • Celebrate equality

    Advice May 2018

    Join people from all over the country to celebrate 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928, which gave all men and women over 21 the equal right to vote. Invite your community to share, debate, and celebrate what equality means to you and get your free EqualiTeas host pack.

  • Condition Improvement Fund

    Advice November 2015

    The Condition Improvement Fund application round for 2016/17 is now open to academies and sixth-form colleges.

  • Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

    Advice November 2017

    The CIF round for 2018/19 is now open. Smaller MATs, standalone academies and sixth form colleges can apply to the CIF for capital funding.

  • Contextual Safeguarding Network

    Advice December 2018

    The Contextual Safeguarding Network brings together practitioners, researchers, and policy makers who are committed to protecting young people from harm outside of the home. It is free and open to practitioners across the UK, and provides access to resources including a school assessment toolkit.

  • Courier fraud

    Advice July 2018

    The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public, concerning courier fraud. This is the first time this type of campaign has been specifically targeting the education sector.

  • Deals for schools

    Advice March 2019

    The DfE has published information on the national deals available to schools to help them save money on some of the things they buy regularly.

  • Delivering a clear message

    Leader article April 2015

    The incoming government has a golden opportunity to work with the profession to create a world-class education system, says Brian Lightman. But it will need to focus on a few key priorities.

  • DfE Sponsor Capacity Fund

    Advice July 2015

    The sponsor capacity fund supports eligible academy trusts that need additional funding to take on schools. This includes academy trusts with an open free school or a free school in approved pre-opening.

  • Digital awareness resource

    Advice June 2018

    HMC and Digital Awareness UK have produced a ground-breaking video and lesson plans on digital addiction which they are sharing with all schools.

  • Do you have a great idea for bringing research alive in school?

    Advice June 2016

    Partnership Grants from The Royal Society of up to £3,000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects.

  • Early years national funding formula (NFF) funding rates and guidance

    Advice December 2018

    Early Years NFF hourly rates and guidance have been published for 2019/20. These documents are for local authorities.

  • Education Funding

    Policy paper June 2015

    The overall national education budget should be set such that all educational institutions can be funded at a level that enables them to provide an outstanding quality of education for their students.

  • Education union leaders join forces for pre-budget video

    Advice October 2018

    Headteachers and teachers across England are being encouraged to write to their MPs over the school funding crisis in the run-up to the Budget on 29 October.

  • Educational Trusts' Forum

    Advice April 2016

    British charity the Educational Trusts’ Forum (ETF) is an association of 20 Educational Trusts, dedicated to supporting vulnerable children and young adults by helping to facilitate a good education.

  • EFA funding guidance for 2015-16

    Advice March 2015

    Funding guidance for 2015-16 has now been published on the EFA website. A significant change is the qualifying period for a student to count for funding.

  • EFA Information Exchange

    Advice July 2016

    EFA Information Exchange is a secure, online system which provides a single place for academies, 16-19 providers, high-needs providers and local authorities to do business with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) in a more effective and efficient way.

  • Effective Procurement

    Guidance paper June 2015

    With the education sector spending in the region of £9 billion of public money on non-pay costs in 2013-14, it is it is essential that schools and colleges do all they can to ensure that procurement of goods and services offers value for money.

  • Efficiency drive

    Leader article February 2015

    Richard Newton Chance, ASCL Funding Specialist, summarises the changes looming in the new financial year.

  • Efficiency Metric and Benchmark Report Cards

    Advice February 2016

    The DfE has recently launched a new Financial Health and Efficiency webpage for schools. ASCL has been pleased to be involved in developing some of the tools in the programme, however, we made it clear that we did not support the Efficiency Metric and Benchmark Reporting card in their current form.

  • Equal Chance Campaign

    Advice July 2018

    Adoption UK launched its Equal Chance Campaign on 27 June with an event in Westminster for decision-makers and sector leaders. The campaign aims to give all adopted and traumatised pupils an equal chance in school by influencing education policy in all four UK nations.

  • Erasmus and funding opportunities for schools

    Advice September 2018

    Get the essential information on Erasmus funding and eTwinning opportunities at twilight sessions across the UK.

  • Erasmus funding for UK schools 2019

    Advice February 2019

    Are you interested in funding for professional development? Erasmus funds school teachers, managers and leaders to job shadow or teach abroad – a great way to gain fresh ideas and get inspired.

  • ESFA real-time FAQ

    Advice November 2017

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has received a number of questions about its Land and Buildings Collection Tool (LBCT), and to help you with this and any other question/s you may have, ESFA is hosting an online real-time question and answer (Q&A) forum.

  • Filling in the post 16 census

    Advice October 2014

    It is critical that schools pay close attention to the completion of this year’s census. This is particularly important in schools with sixth forms that have not had a similar process in previous years.

  • Financial Health Checks

    Advice July 2016

    The DfE has released information about the Financial Health Checks structure that forms part of the programme of support and guidance being developed for the Financial Health and Efficiency webpage.

  • Fraud awareness

    Advice February 2016

    Fraudsters are becoming ever more creative and innovative in their attempts to access funds from both personal and commercial accounts/sources. As part of our commitment to raising awareness of these risks within our membership, we have listed below a series of useful websites.

  • Free anti-bullying training

    Advice February 2019

    The Diana Award is offering its free regional Anti-Bullying Ambassador training days for primary and secondary schools.

  • Free CPD for teachers on global learning

    Advice March 2019

    Lyfta is a subscription-based digital platform where teachers and pupils can access stunning immersive stories and curriculum-based lesson and assembly plans. Lyfta's learning experiences are ideal for teaching literacy, PSHE, SMSC, global citizenship and art.

  • Free meals guidance for 16 to 18 year-old students

    Advice April 2016

    The EFA has published guidance for schools and colleges on providing free meals to disadvantaged 16 to 18 year-old students in further education (FE) funded institutions.

  • Free meals in FE from September 2014

    Advice March 2014

    The guidance for institutions is in draft form and should be issued shortly. It is likely that the guidance will require institutions to use the funding for meals for eligible students only.

  • Free school meals guidance

    Advice May 2018

    The DfE has published guidance for schools and local authorities which sets out the updated criteria used to determine which pupils are entitled to free school meals from 1 April 2018. This reflects the introduction of Universal Credit and the phasing out of other income-based benefits.

  • Free search and listing service for teaching roles

    Advice September 2018

    The DfE has set out plans to roll out the free national search and listing service for teaching roles in schools – across schools in England. Schools will be invited to start listing roles on the service according to which Regional School Commissioner (RSC) region they're in.

  • Free STEM support

    Advice June 2018

    Schools and colleges in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country can now benefit from a new programme of free support from STEM Learning, called Aspire to STEM.

  • Funding for four-plus A levels

    Advice July 2014

    A DfE announcement last week stated that from 2016 schools and colleges will receive funding above the basic rate for students taking four or more A levels or larger technical qualifications for students who study four A levels and large TechBacc programmes.

  • Funding for international exchanges for schools

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE is providing £2.5 million to enable young people to take part in international exchanges and visits, in a programme delivered in partnership with the British Council.

  • Funding for teachers to travel abroad to study teaching methods

    Advice November 2018

    The Iain Grant Charitable Trust provides funding for teachers who are interested in travelling abroad to study teaching methods used in other countries.

  • Funding for the teachers' pay grant and increases in employer contributions to the teachers' pension scheme

    Advice March 2019

    The teachers’ pay award for 2018/19 is to be funded until March 2020. The employers’ contributions to teachers’ pensions are due to increase from the current 16.48% to c23.6%, with effect from 1 September 2019. The government has committed to funding this increase for the financial year 2019/20.

  • Funding for third year students aged 16-19

    Advice March 2014

    The DfE reduced the funding for those students in the third year of study aged 16-19 for next year by 17.5 per cent. ASCL and other organisations mounted a vigorous campaign to get this funding raised back up to the level of other students aged 16-19.

  • Funds to support school improvement

    Advice December 2016

    ASCL welcomes Secretary of State Justine Greening's announcement that £50 million per year will be made available to local authorities to support monitoring and commissioning of school improvement in “low performing” maintained schools.

  • Guidance for Academies and Free Schools – Good Practice in Financial Management

    Guidance paper May 2014

    As the number of academies and free schools increase, more educational establishments are seeking clarification of their responsibilities for financial management and how to implement systems and processes that comply with the regulations laid down in the Academies Financial Handbook (AFH).

  • Have your say on 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations

    Advice September 2018

    Please have your say on the services provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). This year’s survey about 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations is now live.

  • Have your say on counter terrorism resources for schools

    Advice March 2019

    In 2017, following the Manchester Arena terror attack, Counter Terrorism Policing launched ACT for Youth: Run Hide Tell to raise awareness amongst young people on how to react if caught up in a gun or knife terror attack.

  • Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF)

    Advice November 2017

    £100 million of revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will be used for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF). This fund is intended to improve children’s and young people’s physical and mental health by enhancing access to facilities such as dining facilities and sports facilities.

  • Identifying schools for improvement support

    Advice February 2019

    Alongside the recruitment and retention strategy, the Department for Education has published a consultation on how it proposes to identify schools eligible for support.

  • Impact: The Science of Learning complementary journal

    Advice February 2018

    A complementary journal from the Chartered College of Teaching, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, will arrive in every UK school from Monday 26 February.

  • Income Generation

    Guidance paper November 2016

    This guidance paper is relevant to school business leaders and school business managers, together with those responsible for setting and managing budgets within all school and college settings in England.

  • Increase in Erasmus budget and new opportunities for 2018

    Advice February 2018

    For 2018, €30 million will be available to UK schools to apply for Erasmus activities, compared to €21 million in 2017.

  • Insurance top-up funding for academies

    Advice December 2016

    Academies eligible to claim top-up funding for their insurance premium can now use the academies funding claim form on GOV.UK for academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.

  • Issues with ESFA submissions for CIF bids

    Advice December 2017

    ASCL has received numerous calls from members concerning the inability of the ESFA Portal to process CIF bids, and which schools are trying to upload before the deadline of 12.00 on Thursday 14 December.

  • Join our research project on improving financial efficiency

    Advice October 2016

    ASCL is working in partnership with income generation specialists Pebble and Teesside University on a joint research project. The project will inform the development of a prototype ‘platform’ to support the sector in achieving better financial efficiency. It will investigate ways of facilitating and

  • Leadership equality and diversity fund

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE’s leadership equality and diversity (E&D) fund supports schools to develop local solutions that help teachers from under-represented groups to progress into leadership. Funding is available for schools to co-ordinate school-led projects in their region.

  • Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund: for school-led programmes

    Advice September 2016

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is inviting lead schools, on behalf of groups or alliances of schools to apply for grant funding to design and deliver leadership programmes.

  • MAT Development and Improvement Fund

    Advice October 2017

    The DfE has just launched a new grant aimed at supporting trusts in improving schools. In order to qualify, trusts must plan to either take into your trust and improve at least two additional schools or form a new MAT of two schools or more and improve them, both within the next 12 months.

  • Maths centres of excellence and premium pilot

    Advice July 2018

    In his November Budget Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer earmarked £40 million to fund around 20 “Centres of Excellence for Basic Mathematics” across England, with at least one centre to be located in each English region. The government is now seeking applications.

  • Maths premium guide

    Advice July 2018

    The ESFA has updated the advanced maths premium guide on gov.uk.

  • Motor Insurance for Academy Schools (MIAS)

    Advice September 2018

    The DfE, in collaboration with a commercial motor vehicle insurance broker, is looking to develop a Motor Insurance for Academy Schools (MIAS) solution.

  • National Audit Office (NAO) Study: Converting Schools to Academies

    Advice April 2017

    ASCL has been asked to submit views on the DfE’s arrangements for the conversion of schools to academies. NAO studies are very important and we would like as much up-to-date information from members on this as possible. We need to respond to the NAO by Fri 28 April.

  • National Funding Formula - budget planning

    Advice January 2018

    Business leaders await the notification of the local formula to inform their budget planning. Decisions for 2018/19 must be approved and submitted to ESFA by 19 January 2018 in accordance with ESFA schools revenue funding guidance.

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