Fair funding for all schools

A parent-led campaign meeting at Park View School, Tuesday 28th February, 7.30pm for all those concerned about the cuts coming to Haringey schools.

Governor Training Programme 2013-14

Here’s the training programme for this academic year from Haringey LA.

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Haringey in statistics

At a meeting a month or so ago the HGA Executive were shown one of the Council’s ‘storyboards’. These lay out all of the most important statistics about a certain aspect of life in Haringey and try to present them graphically where possible. They cover:

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How our schools can help children affected by benefits cuts

The Haringey Governors’ Association is very concerned about the looming changes to welfare benefits under the 2012 Act, some of which are being trialled early in Haringey now. Changes include the imposition of the Benefits Cap which covers among other things local housing benefit, child benefit, child tax credit, the bedroom tax, reduction in the social fund, carer’s allowance, new charges for council tax and more. Continue reading “How our schools can help children affected by benefits cuts”

Haringey Schools Bulletin 27 March 2013

The third edition of the Schools Bulletin produced by Haringey Council (not HGA) that contains useful information for governors and schools.

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Vision, induction, headteachers’ reports, finance and learning

At this evening’s HGA meeting we shared our experiences of all of these and came up with some ideas/recommendations that we hope will be of use to all Haringey schools, governing bodies and governors. Below are all the notes from the meeting.

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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.