Peter Downes

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Schools becoming academies? Handle with care!

by peterdownes on 7 March, 2011

Schools becoming academies?  Handle with care !   Some governing bodies may well be considering whether to convert from being a Local Authority (LA) school to becoming an independent state-funded school, i.e. an academy. The purpose of this article is very simple: it is to urge you to think very carefully before taking this step. […]

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Financial background: the government has made major reductions in the grant to local authorities and this has necessitated expenditure reductions of £50 million in 2011-2012 (out of a budget of £460m). Over the  5 year period the savings will amount to £160 million. This reduction will be achieved by: Efficiency savings Providing the same service […]

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Conservative County Council slashes services

by peterdownes on 20 January, 2011

The County Council has unveiled its ‘Integrated Plan’ covering the next five years, which aims to save £50.4 million in 2011/12 and £160.6 million over the life of the plan.  The proposals are the Council’s answer to the most difficult financial situation in its history, as the Council deals with the increasing pressures of demand, […]

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The Lib Dems in coalition have managed to get their Pupil Premium proposal in place for April 2011. Every child registered for Free School Meals (FSM)will bring in £430 extra for the school’s budget. This can be used by the school to provide extra support (e.g. one-to-one tuition, smaller teaching groups, booster classes) so that […]

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