Haringey Council schools bulletin for governors

Last week, Jon Abbey, Haringey’s new Assistant Director for School Improvement sent his first schools bulletin.It’s a really useful source of information for governors (and others). I’ve been meaning to post it here, but before I had the chance there’s already another one out! I’ve pulled out the most useful info for governors below. Continue reading “Haringey Council schools bulletin for governors”

Preview screening: The politican, the parents and the carpet baggers

There is to be a preview screening of a new film by Rhonda Evans looking at the forced academisation of Downhills School.

Please RSVP to [email protected] or 07847 625643

Date: Thursday, 31st January

Venue: The Dream Centre, Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Road, N15 4RY

Doors: 7.00pm

Film starts: 7.30pm prompt

Refreshments will be provided before and after.

 

Concerns about spending on academies

The National Audit Office has recently published this report on the finances of the Government’s academies programme:

http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/1213/academies_expansion.aspx

Its two major points seem to be:

  • There needs to be greater caution with academy finances than the Government has so far shown because of the “light-touch oversight regime”.
  • There has been a significant over-spend on academies as a whole.

Given the first point, academy governors need to be extra careful with their school’s finances as they don’t have the more stringent oversight to back them up that maintained (LA) schools have.

The second point is particularly worrying because that money will need to be recouped from all schools in some way or another.

An education vision for Haringey?

At the Director’s Briefing for governors and headteachers (a very important event for governors to attend, by the way) on Friday a document was shared with us that the HGA has been asking for for some time.

This draft lays out the Council’s vision for education in the Haringey. Have a read, and send any comments to Jan Doust ([email protected]).

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