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Welcome to Focus On..... Education

June 2016

Welcome to Focus On..... Education, our special bulletin looking at interesting topical issues and developments in this sector.  

In the June Focus On..... Education, we consider schools’ interest in voluntary conversion to academy status despite the government’s change of policy and look at the number of academies that are joining or forming Multi Academy Trusts (MATs). We also discover the cost of supply teaching to Britain’s schools – and the official explanation for it.

The bulletin closes with the results of a recent survey on funding for Special Educational Needs pupils.

This edition’s Spotlight On..... features Senior Accountant, Steve Robinson.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our specialist audit and accountancy services for schools and academies, including Multi Academy Trusts, please contact Emma Murray, Head of Nicholsons’ Academy Team, at emma.murray@nicholsonsca.co.uk or telephone 01522 815100.  John Raynor, Associate, will also be pleased to assist with any of your queries and is contactable at john.raynor@nicholsonsca.co.uk or on 01522 815100.

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Queen’s Speech confirms Britain on ‘mission’ to convert schools to academies

Despite several unexpected recent legislative shake-ups, the Queen’s Speech delivered in mid-May has confirmed that plans to turn all British schools into academies in coming years will remain a ‘central mission’ for the UK Government.


800m spent on UK’s supply teachers last year, reports BBC

Schools across the country have spent approximately £800m on supply staff to cover job vacancies and staff absences during 2015, according to recent BBC analysis.


More academies seek MAT benefits

Stories of the successes of UK academies joining or forming a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) are receiving more frequent media coverage by the week – and causing great interest in the education sector.


Current SEN funding not sufficient, say heads

Schools are not receiving enough financial support to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs (SEN), according to eight out of ten headteachers recently surveyed.


SPOTLIGHT ON........ Steve Robinson

Senior Accountant Steve Robinson is celebrating his third anniversary at Nicholsons and the firm is pleased to congratulate him on it.


P.S. We’re on the move in Market Rasen …

We are pleased to announce that from Monday 4th July we are moving our Market Rasen office to the King’s Head Office Suite, 52 Queen Street - formerly The Goldmine. Our new office is on the ground floor, at the front of the building, and is easily accessible from the town centre.

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