This may sound like an unusual analogy, but imagine if Santa’s Naughty or Nice list was compiled and monitored in the same way as finances in the education sector are? Just think about how such a list would be compiled in this parallel world…. One half of all children must submit a behaviour return by December 31 detailing […]

I was at the Academies Show in Birmingham. As I stood there I heard delegates saying they were hearing the same old presentations and seeing the same old products. It was all a little droll – even if I was saying the same! Yet, one presentation soon got people talking. As Schools Week reported, the academies minister, Lord […]

J & G Marshall is delighted to be launching two free CPD events to help and support education leaders; whether they be headteachers, business managers, governors or trustees. Both events will be held on January 22 2019 at The Centre at Birchwood Park. Refreshments will be provided and multiple guests are welcome from the same […]

The first half term is drawing to a close and we are all crawling to our first break. This only means one thing… the first meetings of governors and trustees are taking place up and down the country. Let’s cut to the chase. Governors and trustees are an important and undervalued component in the education […]

Over the last couple of weeks, a couple of things have caught my attention on television…bear with me on this one. Firstly, and somewhat unsurprisingly, the Panorama investigation into Bright Tribe was compulsory viewing in our household. It would be fair to say that it had me ranting at the TV screen and Juno, my beloved […]

Academisation is something that everyone in the education sector has a view on. There are those who are passionate about the opportunities on offer, and then there are those who question effectiveness and transparency. It is a topic that inspires passion and debate. Yet, of all the headlines and column inches, how many articles have […]

You can all remember the scene in Oliver Twist where the little boy takes his bowl to the master in his cook’s uniform and simply says: “Please, sir, I want some more.” Little did Mr Dickens know when he wrote that in 1837 that he was writing what could be seen as the perfect analogy […]

They say three is a magic number, but the ESFA’s announcement that academy trusts must now provide three-year budget forecasts (instead of one-year) may not have left MATs feeling too lucky. The change will be brought in this year, and trusts must provide the DfE with ‘details of income and expenditure, as well as some […]

This winter has not just seen Britain hammered by The Beast from the East and the more delicately named Storm Emma, but a host of MATs have been hit by an icy blast from the ESFA as well – namely in the form of Financial Notices to Improve. It started with Plymouth CAST in September, […]