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Stuart Tongue

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Effective Communication between staff and pupils

Misunderstandings can happen in every situation, not just in education; you can say one thing, and someone will hear another. So how do you make sure you are communicating in a way that will engage your pupils in a positive manner?

Motivational Interviewing - Methods to a healthy mind

Dealing with children and young people with behavioural issues can be difficult. No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to force them to do something they don’t want to do. If they don’t want to change, they won’t.

Traditional behaviour and classroom management techniques can give you short term results, but when all of these have been exhausted what’s next?

How do you get the children who are damaging their futures, and distracting the children around them, to change?

The simple answer is, you can’t. A child must first realise this for themselves and make the conscious decision to change. After they have made this decision, you can support them to take action.

The Highlights of The Academies Show 2017

Thank you to all that visited the SAAF Education stand, we enjoyed what was a busy day, where we met lots of new people and made some great new contacts. I also had the opportunity to listen to some insightful guest speakers.

With conferences, discussions and demonstrations running throughout the day it was clear to see that every speaker, exhibitor, and delegate were there to help improve the standards of academies and trusts.

Three recurring themes of the day were:

  1. Collaboration, NOT competition
  2. For the children and not for money
  3. Automation leads to efficiency

Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) - The New Round

The application form for the 2018-2019 round of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) has officially opened. If you’re planning to apply this year, you have until 14 December 2017 to submit your initial application.

Help to Improve Energy Efficiency

High energy bills can be a cause for concern when it comes to your budget and carbon footprint. Switching to energy efficient solutions can help reduce this, but with increasing budget pressures, making the switch is a luxury most schools can’t afford.

Salix, a not-for-profit organisation, helps remove this obstacle by offering interest-free loans to schools and academies who wish to reduce their energy consumption.

Can you apply for the MAT Development and Improvement Fund?

In order to provide additional funding to trusts to help improve schools and increase social mobility, the DfE has created the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Development and Improvement Fund (MDIF).

However, there are strict guidelines for what the funding can and cannot be used for, and what must be done in order to acquire it. In this blog, we aim to breakdown the requirements to provide an understanding of whether or not you should apply.

Land and Building Asset Register - What Trusts Need to Know

Due to a ‘limitation of scope’ qualification on the Department for Education’s academy land and buildings recognition account, a new land and building asset register (LBR) has been created.

This limitation of scope concerns the amount of information held by the DfE to support a blanket recognition of the academy sector’s land and building assets.

The Condition Improvement Fund - Winning Ideas

As the Autumn term starts, the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) deadline draws closer. Even though no official date has been set, judging from previous years, your application will need to be drafted and submitted around the beginning of December.

Are you prepared for it? Do you know exactly what is needed for the application? If not, then don’t panic, we have some information that may help you feel at ease.

How we improved a multi-academy trust's payroll management

The client

Transform Trust is a multi-academy trust that was formed in 2013. Based in Nottingham, it currently has fifteen academies and 826 employees.

The Importance of a Financial Health Check For Schools

Some schools and academies may not be using their funds in the most efficient way. This can create significant deficits, meaning a drastic reduction in the quality of experience and outcomes for their pupils.

In order to resolve this, schools and academies must learn how to use their funding efficiently, evaluating every area of their school to see exactly what is a necessity, and what isn’t, to maximise their spending for the full benefit of their pupils.

A financial health check can help headteachers and the governing body evaluate their expenditure and allow them to produce a plan of action for the future.