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NAO Financial Sustainability of Schools

February 22, 2017

The National Audit Office has examined whether the DfE plans for school funding are 'sustainable' following the £3 bn efficiency gain which schools are expected to achieve by 2020 along with other pressures on school budgets, which schools currently have surpluses/deficits, intervention in schools in financial difficulty, and which spending…


DfE consultation: Schools national funding formula: stage 2

February 9, 2017

The Government is introducing a National Funding Formula for school funding which has the objective of introducing greater fairness into school funding. This briefing looks at the DfE's proposed National Funding Formula Stage 2. Responses are required by 22 March 2017.


School Leadership Challenge 2022

February 2, 2017

Most local authority areas are reporting difficulties in finding sufficient leaders for their schools. This briefing is on a report by a number of bodies with an interest in school leadership that looks at the problem and proposes ways forward.



DfE policy: Schools that work for everyone

September 15, 2016

The DfE has published a Green paper Schools that work for everyone (for consultation until 12 December 2016), which sets out the Government's ambition to create an education system which extends opportunity to everyone. This is the CSN briefing on the proposals



DfE revised guidance on maintained school organisation

April 29, 2016

The DfE has revised its suite of statutory guidance documents on changes which can be made to local authority maintained schools, including opening and closing schools, although there has been no substantial change to the law since the last time the documents were revised in 2014. This is CSN's briefing…


Schools causing concern: April 2016 DfE guidance

April 15, 2016

The DfE has produced new guidance on Schools Causing Concern which will commence on 18 April 2016. This important document has significant implications for how local authorities exercise their school improvement responsibilities. This is the CSN Briefing.


Viewpoint: Implementing the Education and Adoption Act

April 4, 2016 by John Fowler

The Education and Adoption Act 2016 commenced on Monday 18 April 2016. John Fowler, Policy Manager, LGiU, looks behind the implementation and finds the DfE must do better. [This is an updated blog of one originally published on 4 April 2016] The Education and Adoption Act 2016 (Commencement, Transitional Provisions and Savings)…


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