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We partner with School and Academy Trust sector bodies The Confederation of School Trusts (CST), Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and The Trust Network. They continue to advocate hard on behalf of schools and trusts and are offering guidance and advice on operational issues.
Some key items are highlighted below.
School-led tutoring and the National Tutoring Programme
The final instalment of the school-led tutoring funding, including a 16 percent increase, will be paid to academies on 9 May. In an email to schools on Friday, the DfE reminds leaders that any funding not utilised by the end of August will need to be returned to the department.
The DfE has adjusted the access rights to the individual tutoring package which means that teachers or tutors can move a new pupil into an incomplete tutoring session, to ensure the full 15 hours has been achieved, and funding can be claimed.
The DfE’s school-led tutoring guidance and tracker tool contains details for on the expectations and conditions attached to school-led tutoring funding.
DfE: Sustainability and climate change strategy
Following the publication of the draft climate change strategy in November, the Department yesterday released Sustainability and climate change: A strategy for the education and children’s services systems. Much of the draft strategy remains. Key announcements include:
At Barker we support several clients with their energy strategy. You can view our webinar for CST on how to create your Trusts’ energy strategy HERE
Minimum expectation on length of the school week: information note
The DfE also published an information note on minimum expectations on the length of the school week, providing details on the expectation that state-funded mainstream schools should deliver a school week of at least 32.5 hours by September 2023.
From September 2022, all state-funded schools are expected to publish their opening times on their school website.
The 32.5 hour minimum includes breaks and lunch times as well as teaching time and any extra-curricular activities that all pupils are expected to attend. It does not include optional before or after school provision.
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