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MATs: Viability and achieving economies of scale

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on Jul 25, 2019 11:56:05 AM

One of the issues that we know is at the forefront of multi academy trust leaders’ minds is that of effectively scaling up: adding new schools and building up central operations. We speak to Chris Kirk, education consultant and MAT expert at CJK Associates about MAT growth and achieving economies of scale.

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Topics: MAT, academy, growth, expansion

MATs: Subsidiarity as the key to success

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on Jul 25, 2019 11:54:26 AM

When joining a MAT, school leaders are often fearful about the loss of autonomy over areas ranging from curriculum to finance. We speak to Chris Kirk, education consultant and MAT expert at CJK Associates about how responsibilities can be effectively distributed across a trust.

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Topics: MAT, academy, growth, expansion

Procedures for excluding a pupil

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on Jul 19, 2019 11:01:24 AM

With so much recent news coverage on the subject of off-rolling, we decided to take a closer look at the official exclusions guidance. We find out when pupils can be excluded and for how long. We also investigate how to record exclusions on attendance registers.

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Topics: data, procedures, exclusions

Efficiently updating personal data

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on Jul 12, 2019 11:29:19 AM

We sought the help of our associate education expert David New to put together some top tips on how to update student and staff information efficiently on your MIS.

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Topics: efficiency, MIS, data

Ways to reduce report workload

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on Jul 2, 2019 10:29:41 AM

The end of the school year will soon be upon us and you are probably already thinking about report writing. Below, we have compiled some handy examples of time-saving report-writing strategies from schools around the country, alongside tips on how to improve your reporting processes.

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Topics: school, learning, progress, reports

Evaluating the impact of interventions

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on Jun 19, 2019 2:11:43 PM

Interventions are a common way of attempting to boost a pupil’s achievement. But how can you track whether they are bringing about positive change? We spoke to 2 of our associate education experts, Anita Devi and Bill Dennison, about how schools can evaluate the impact and value for money of interventions.

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Topics: school, interventions, learning

What does Cloud-based technology mean for schools?

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on Jun 12, 2019 1:19:57 PM

As Damien Hinds stated in last year’s Strategy for Education Providers and the Technology Industry, ICT can play a fundamental part in helping tackle some of the challenges that we face in education. But, as he points out, it can be difficult for education leaders to separate evidence-based practice and products from technological gimmicks. There is one recommendation, however, that has been generally accepted as highly beneficial to the sector - the adoption of the Cloud.

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Topics: school, cloud, technology

Making your school catering more financially efficient

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on Jun 7, 2019 9:14:41 AM

With ever-tightening budgets, school leaders are constantly on the lookout for ways of improving financial efficiency. We spoke to chartered accountant and business consultant Martin Owen to get his advice on improving efficiency in a school’s catering budget.

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Topics: News, school, catering, lunch

Improving staff wellbeing and work-life balance

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on May 21, 2019 12:07:05 PM

School staff wellbeing is a subject that has received extensive coverage in the news during the past year and it has generally been acknowledged that more needs to be done to support rising stress-levels. We worked with Carolyn Unsted, a former headteacher and education consultant, to get tips on improving the work-life balance of staff and learn how to make sure employees have a voice on workload issues.

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Topics: News, school, wellbeing, staff

Child safety online - staying on top of safeguarding concerns

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on May 14, 2019 11:58:10 AM

Online safety is a hugely important issue in schools, but with new trends in social media and gaming constantly emerging, it can be difficult to know what to look out for. We speak to Tom Pinfield, Senior Education Officer at Childnet International about how teachers and school leaders can keep on top of the latest online safeguarding concerns.

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Topics: News, internet, online, safety

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