It seems like ages ago that entities around the UK were reviewing and discussing at great length about the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and gearing up for the big switch in May 2018. But that time has come and gone and now many entities are getting on with everyday life, and dare we say putting GDPR down on the list of things to do.
Academy trustees will now face automatic disqualification under tighter rules brought in from 1 August 2018. These include where trustees have been in contempt of court, are named under anti-terrorism laws or are on the sex offenders register.
The BBC’s screening of Panorama’s investigation into Bright Tribe Trust has again caused many to question the academies regime and the lack of scrutiny. For those that missed it, the programme accused the Trust of making false claims for government grants intended for various capital projects and either not completing the projects or starting them.
However once we look past the emotional side of the concerns raised by the investigation there are some key lessons that many Academy Trusts and Boards of Trustees can learn from.
With the increasing financial pressures placed on academies the financial strains are never far from the forefront of our minds, so now that one school year has ended and another is beginning academies should all take a second to ask themselves some key questions.
A recent research project has revealed the alarming growth in voluntary support (both financial and physical) for primary schools in Kent. The study “A Bridge too far? The increasing role of voluntary action in primary education” is a follow up to the previous research project conducted in 2016 by Alison Body (Faculty Director for Early Childhood at Canterbury Christ Church University) and Eddy Hogg (a lecturer in social policy at the University of Kent).
Ever since the Department for Education (DfE) introduced the Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA) as an alternative to commercial insurance for Academy Trusts, the number of Trusts utilising the service has been increasing.
In a recent report issued by the DfE it was confirmed that there were 4,157 academies and 2.0 million pupils covered by the RPA at 31 August 2017.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have issued the 2018 guidance for the Land and Buildings Collection Tool (LBCT) which was introduced for the first time last year.
The return will open on 1 October 2018 and the deadline to submit your return to the ESFA will be by 5 November 2018. This return is separate from the valuation return for new academy schools, which still needs to be completed within 6 weeks of opening.