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SEN Green Paper – what does it do for Academies?

UPDATE 3 SEPTEMBER 2012 – THIS IS NOW OVERTAKEN BY EVENTS – SEE THIS POST On 15 May 2012, the Coalition Government published its long-awaited Response to the consultation on the SEN green paper. It makes wide ranging proposals about changes to the framework of Statements of SEN  most of which raise no particular issues…

Complaining about an academy/free school to the EFA

Another post describes the creation of the EFA. The EFA is an executive agency of the Department. One of the roles it has apparently been given is: “Ensuring academy and Free School funding agreement compliance.” As part of that role (it seems) the EFA has taken over the ‘complaint handling’ role which the YPLA had…

Education Funding Agency replaces Young People’s Learning Agency

I can do no better than quote the Department’s web site on this one: “In October 2010 the white paper The Importance of Teaching announced the intention, subject to legislation, to close the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) and set up a new Education Funding Agency (EFA) as an executive agency of the Department. The EFA…

Lost: all the academy and free school funding agreements.

Apparently the Department web site was rejigged over the bank holiday weekend and no-one, including the Department itself or the Education Funding Agency (which has replaced the YPLA in policing the agreements on behalf of the Secretary of State) can now find the copies of the funding agreements which were previously easily accessible (including through…

IEBs and academy conversion

An Interim Executive Board (IEB) replaces the maintained school’s governing body in its entirety when put in place by a local authority or the Secretary of State. That mechanism allows the local authority or Secretary of State to put in place its/his chosen people to run the school instead of the existing governors. The detail…

What can a local authority do if a maintained school is ‘eligible for intervention’?

If a maintained school is ‘eligible for intervention‘ the local authority can: require the governing body to ‘enter into arrangements’: section 63 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 appoint additional governors: section 64 provide for governing body to consist of interim executive members: section 65 suspend right to a delegated budget: section 66 Since…

When is a maintained school ‘eligible for intervention’?

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 specifies that a maintained school is ‘eligible for intervention’ in the following circumstances: where the Local Authority have served a ‘warning notice’ and the school has neither appealed against it to Ofsted (or its appeal has failed) nor done what the notice requires: section 60. The circumstances in which…

Funding agreements to be overriden by statute

Another post describes how individual funding agreements could be amended by agreement between the Secretary of State and the Academy Trust. But, of course funding agreements could be overriden by acts of parliament. We now have the first example of this with the new regime for exclusion reviews (i.e. the loss of the right to…