Winckworth Sherwood

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Heads Up: changes to the Primary Chain Development Grant; new guidance on behaviour and discipline; and more

The current focus of attention for regulatory bodies and schools is effective governance and shared working. The Department for Education’s (DfE’s) enthusiasm for multi-academy trusts championed by strong schools continues and there is talk by policy officials at the DfE of a new push to see all schools become academies under the multi-academy trust model. There are suggestions that this will be forced through (how remains an interesting question) depending on the political outcome of the election. For now, the DfE is seeking to encourage schools and existing single-academy trusts to adopt the MAT model by offering significant grants, and details of changes to the Primary Chain Development Grant are noted below. There are a number of ways in which schools can work together both formally and informally and we have launched a new briefing note, Umbrella Trusts, highlighting key considerations for schools. Watch out also for our client seminar, ‘Effective Governance and Challenging Leadership’, to be held in the autumn term.

The final seminar of this year’s programme is on 12 June and as the weather warms up we are looking at capital options for investing in and developing sports facilities. We are joined by Fusion Leisure, which will talk about outsourcing options.

Finally, our School Support Service goes from strength to strength with a significant number of new schools signing up in the last couple of months. We have added a new feature this month and as part of the School Support Service we can now provide easy access through our strategic partner FiS-Ed Solutions…

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