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  • School revenue funding settlement 2018-19

    Advice January 2018

    An announcement on the school revenue funding settlement for 2018/19 was made on 19 December in a written ministerial statement, which sets out the details for the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), Education Services Grant (ESG) and Pupil Premium.

  • STRB's 27th report and draft STPCD 2017 consultation

    Advice July 2017

    The School Teachers’ Review Body 27th Report: 2017 was published 10 July 2017 and contains the recommendations on how to apply the pay award for teachers, due to be implemented from September. The DfE has also published a draft revised copy of the STPCD.

  • 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.

  • August accounts return live webinar

    Advice November 2015

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

  • Worth the risk?

    Leader article September 2015

    Julia Harnden examines the value of spending precious leadership time and resources on risk management.

  • 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.

  • School cuts website

    Advice November 2016

    We have had a number of queries from members asking about the accuracy of the information on this website.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Strategic Finance: design principles and financial reporting

    Guidance paper January 2016

    This paper is relevant to senior leaders, business managers, governors, staff and officials involved in strategic financial planning and reporting. It applies to local authority (LA) maintained schools, academies and MATs in England.

  • Use of the pupil premium

    Advice November 2015

    Members may find the NFER research report, Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils: Articulating Success and Good Practice, useful.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Equation of Life

    Advice June 2014

    Article by Sam Ellis, ASCL Funding Specialist. The title is a slightly tongue in cheek reference to the way I have been presenting and analysing the financial and curriculum situation in all types of school for the past few years.

  • PE and Sports Premium

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has confirmed that the PE and Sports Premium grant will be increased in 2017/18. Allocations will be double those received in 2016/17.

  • 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.

  • Save and prosper

    Leader article March 2014

    In tough times, ‘resourceful resourcing’ comes into its own. Val Andrew offers business managers a guide.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • School census

    Advice January 2017

    The Spring Census date for 2016/17 was 19 January 2017. The census data is used to allocate core funding for both pre-16 and post-16 pupils, so accuracy is crucial.

  • Summary of national funding formulae stage 2 consultation

    Advice December 2016

    The DfE published the second stage of consultation on its plans to introduce a new national funding formula for schools in England for the schools and high needs block of the NFF. The documents include illustrative budgets at local authority and school level.

  • The apprenticeship levy

    Advice December 2016

    The apprenticeship levy will be introduced on 6 April 2017. All employers with an annual pay bill of over £3 million will be required to pay the 0.5% levy via the PAYE process.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Regional schools' buying hubs

    Advice January 2018

    This DfE led project is moving to the next phase. The first hub pilots will commence in February in the North West and South West, and aim to support schools to help procure goods and services in the most efficient and effective way.

  • 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.

  • Register to buy tablet devices for your school

    Advice May 2016

    The DfE is facilitating procurement to allow schools to buy tablets using 'sector collective buying power'.

  • 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.

  • Worth Less? Mass action at 11am on 28 September

    Advice September 2018

    On Friday 28 September, school and college leaders from across the country will gather at Downing Street to urge immediate action on adequate funding in education.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • RISE information centre

    Advice February 2017

    RISE (Research and Information on State Education) is a small charity that aims to disseminate information on state education. The RISE information centre provides links to many sources, including parliamentary answers and statistical first releases.

  • Reintroduction of primary academy chain development grant

    Advice December 2015

    The government has re-introduced grants designed to incentivise and support primary schools to form or join multi academy trusts (MATs).

  • Condition Improvement Fund

    Advice November 2015

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Period Poverty Project

    Advice July 2017

    As you may be aware, the issue of period poverty has been brought to light recently following an article that was published in The Guardian which highlighted that some disadvantaged female pupils were unable to afford sanitary products and as a result were absent from school during their period.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Updated 2016/17 pupil number adjustment (PNA)

    Advice March 2017

    Academies that are funded on estimated pupil numbers can access updated information about the annual PNA exercise.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Careers and Enterprise Fund 2018

    Advice June 2018

    The Careers & Enterprise Fund 2018 (CEF2018) is inviting bids for grant funding.

  • Maths premium guide

    Advice July 2018

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

  • Post-16 funding campaign

    Advice June 2014

    A group led by ASCL and consisting of AoC, PPC, IAA, FASNA and SFCA has written a further letter to Mr Gove regarding the dire situation being created by post-16 funding reductions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New DfE guidance on buying

    Advice January 2017

    The DfE has published an outline of initiatives to help all schools improve how they buy goods and services. It has also published guidance for schools and academy trusts reviewing staff workforce structures.

  • New DfE guidance for academies

    Advice March 2016

    The DfE has produced new guidance and application forms for academies wishing to make significant changes to their school (such as expanding, merging with another academy or changing the school's age range or faith).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rising costs and rhetoric

    Leader article July 2014

    As sixth form funding continues to decline, staff need to understand the financial position but they also need to pull together to find creative solutions. Stephan Jungnitz offers some suggestions for building up esprit de corps.

  • New guidance published by KIDS charity

    Advice May 2016

    KIDS – a charity that cares for over 8,000 disabled children, young people and their families, has published new guidance that has been funded by the DfE.

  • 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.

  • Pay and conditions survey for school business leaders and school business managers

    Advice May 2016

    We have launched a pay survey to review the national situation and analyse any changes since our survey in 2014. Results from the survey will provide vital data to support our campaign for more consistency in the approach to making decisions on pay for school business leaders and business managers.

  • Star Chamber Scrutiny Board

    Advice March 2017

    The Star Chamber Scrutiny Board (SCSB) is a panel of external partners from local authorities, schools and Ofsted who review all DfE data collection proposals relating to services for children, schools and families.

  • The Pupil Premium Summer Schools Programme 2014

    Advice February 2014

    Secondary schools can now apply for funding for this year’s Summer Schools Programme.

  • Penalties for non-compliance with National Minimum Wage (NMW)

    Advice March 2014

    The government has published the draft National Minimum Wage (Variation of Financial Penalty) Regulations 2014, which will increase the maximum financial penalty payable by employers who flout the NMW from £5,000 to £20,000.

  • 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.

  • Off-payroll working rules for public authorities

    Advice July 2017

    HMRC has re-drafted the guidance for off-payroll working. Public authorities planning to offer a temporary job to someone who works through their own intermediary (often their own company, but could also be a partnership or another person), need to decide whether the off-payroll working rules apply.

  • Pupil Premium for children adopted from care

    Advice December 2015

    In 2014, the Pupil Premium Plus was extended to children who had left care through adoption, special guardianship order or child arrangements/residence order in recognition of their continuing level of vulnerability and need.

  • Teachers' pay grant

    Advice September 2018

    Following the government announcement on 24 July 2018 on pay, we have been in dialogue with the DfE to understand how and when schools will receive their teachers’ pay grant allocations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • National funding formula detailed school-level calculations are available now

    Advice October 2017

    Following the publication of the local authority reports that show the step-by-step calculations for the schools national funding formula, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has now published the reports for schools. The reports are available via the COLLECT system.

  • Opportunity for Global Learning Programme

    Advice October 2016

    If your school participates in various global learning initiatives, this is your last chance for your school to apply for over £3,375 of funding, training and support provided by the Global Learning Programme (GLP)

  • 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.

  • Update on Pay Scales 2018-19

    Advice August 2018

    The Schoolteachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) is currently out for consultation until 3 September. We understand that information about the pay grant will be published by the DfE early in September.

  • SFA funded qualifications for 2014/15

    Advice March 2014

    At the end of January, the SFA published the new rules for funded qualifications for adult learners.

  • New free school meals guidance

    Advice April 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.

  • Raise the Rate campaign

    Advice October 2018

    The Sixth Form Colleges Association has published a report entitled Understanding the Funding Shortfall in Sixth Form Education that will be used to underpin the main ‘ask’ of its Raise the Rate campaign.

  • New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment

    Advice January 2017

    Schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices this year could save thousands of pounds by taking advantage of a new deal developed by the DfE and Crown Commercial Services.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Teachers' pay grant details

    Advice September 2018

    The government published its response to the consultation on the 2018 School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) recommendations. The School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Order confirms the 2018 to 2019 pay award.

  • Urgent update for ASCL members in ATT academies

    Advice May 2016

    The Academies Transformation Trust (ATT) has proposed cuts to a substantial proportion of the finance, estates, and HR jobs and resources in its schools. ASCL is extremely concerned that under their proposal, a number of ATT staff face losing their jobs or being downgraded to lower paid roles.

  • Academies – Calling to account

    Leader article October 2014

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

  • Schools and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2017

    Advice February 2017

    These regulations were published at the end of last week and explain how local authorities set their education budgets for 2017/18. These regulations took effect from this month (February) and will apply for the 2017/18 funding year.

  • Year 7 catch-up premium 2017 to 2018

    Advice March 2018

    The Year 7 catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

  • Storm Warning

    Leader article January 2016

    Julia Harnden looks at what the outcome of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review means for education and how schools can navigate the choppy waters ahead.

  • New Financial Health and Efficiency webpage

    Advice January 2016

    The DfE has recently launched a new Financial Health and Efficiency webpage for schools. ASCL is pleased to be involved in developing some of the tools in the Financial Health and Efficiency Programme.

  • 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.

  • Remembrance Day Silhouette Installation grant

    Advice June 2018

    This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War and charity Remembered, has teamed up with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to help communities, including schools, host a fully funded commemorative silhouette installation, without having to worry how to pay for it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Capital funding

    Advice January 2014

    The Sixth Form College BCIF budget has been confirmed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • School business professional contact list

    Advice September 2018

    The DfE is looking to improve how it communicates directly with school business professionals.

  • Summary: Academies Financial Handbook 2015

    Advice September 2015

    Here is a summary of the key changes in the handbook that academies will need to be aware of:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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