Recruitment, Budgets and Accountability by Ros McMullen (@RosMcM)

First published last month on Ros’ personal blog.

If you believe, as I do, that there is no better job than that of being a teacher then we should have all been surprised, horrified and baffled when listening to the news this morning that there is a crisis in teacher recruitment. But we weren’t, were we? I think the only surprise was that it was finally making headlines – this has been a long time coming. Continue reading

Flat Cash Ed Hell

The only other time I felt such a deep sense of “I’m not trained for this” was on the arrival of my first child. This week, engaging with interviews for TV and Radio as the story of schools’ funding finally hit national headlines. Continue reading

Do some children matter more than others? Be proud and champion SEND! by Dave Whitaker (@davewhitaker246)

It’s time the tide turned and all schools began to champion their work with children who have SEND. In fact, it’s time the government began to champion schools who look after and educate our most vulnerable children. Clearly, according to the school accountability measures, some children matter more than others.

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The big funding question …. Will we be better off or will we be worse off with the government’s new proposals for a National Funding Formula? Sally Hamson (@SallyHamson)

Last week I decided to investigate our funding for last year compared to the new proposed figures, as per the National Funding Formula (NFF) consultation document. The anticipation was high! Continue reading

“Every school has different challenges”; united by funding pressures? Vic Goddard (@vicgoddard)

Since we became an academy the run up to Christmas has been about more than keeping lessons focused, carol concerts and jumpers; it is also the time of year that I need to get the final audited accounts in to the EFA.  To be honest it isn’t the most fun I have in the job!  Continue reading