DfE Trust Capacity Fund – guidelines published

In July, Damian Hinds, then education secretary announced the creation of the Trust Capacity Fund aimed at helping academy trusts grow.  This £17m fund is the new sponsor capacity funding round – the previous one being the MAT development and improvement fund which opened in late 2017 and made £53m available. At the end of …

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Is it possible to simplify our education system?

Anyone who works in schools or academies will often be asked to explain what is the difference between a school and an academy? What is a multi-academy trust? It’s easy to forget when working inside the education bubble how confusing our current fragmented education system is to parents and the wider community. To cut through …

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DfE’s Teacher Recruitment & Retention Strategy Roadshow

The DfE are running a series of roadshow events across the country to consult on and introduce their new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy to school, local authority and MAT leaders. I was at their first event held in London on Monday (4th March) at South Bank University with presentations from Jonathan Duff (Deputy Director, …

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The Education Show and other conferences of interest

I spent last Friday at the Education Show in the cavernous Excel centre in London.  It’s always hard to predict if it’s going to be worth going to these types of events, because of the market place nature of them, but this free event actually delivered some valuable education discussion, ideas and speakers. Highlights for …

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The Art of Procrastination

As we all rush towards the end of term trying to balance the demands of pre-Christmas work and life, I thought this interview with Andrew Santella about his new book on the merits of procrastination might bring some light relief. It’s in the online business analysis journal Knowledge@Wharton which provides useful insights into wider world …

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Helping school leaders to think about staff and pupil wellbeing

It’s good to hear more conversations going on inside schools and academies about the relationship between staff and pupil wellbeing. The issue has been creeping up the agenda and is (rightly) starting to influence more of the decision making at trust and governor level. Just last week the DfE published their updated guidance on “Mental …

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