The run up to Christmas can be a very stressful time for academy business managers, with accounts needing to be filed and financial statements finalised. Now is a good time to look at some of the common pitfalls in academy audits, and how they can be avoided, writes Tina Allison

What do schools need to consider when introducing a successful tablet one-to-one scheme? 
Mark Orchison, managing director of 9ine Consulting, examines the issue

Charlie Taylor from the National College for Teaching and Leadership, finds out the Teaching Schools initiative has taken off

Geoff Jones, director at ParentMail, explores why it is important to carefully consider the flexibility and applicability of investments when purchasing, and provides tips on how to ensure you can make the most of it.

It is increasingly important for education providers to understand the impact that education reforms will have. Qualitative research from a reputable market research organisation can help with this, says the Market Research Society

Learning outside the classroom has become widely recognised as a beneficial part of a balanced and effective curriculum, and there’s new evidence supporting the value of this and residential trips

Who should be the Chief Financial Officer in an academy and where should the role fit within the overall governance structure? Kerry Ace, finance and policy manager, CIPFA,
examines this crucial position

Roy Nicholls explains how imaginative playground landscaping can add significantly to childrens’ learning experience

In a time of budgetary constraints, how can schools still afford to improve their fitness offering and see a return on investment? Andy Barge, group manager for Forest of Dean District Council based in Coleford, Gloucestershire explains how he helped to support local schools Wyedean and Five Acres do this

Boosting attainment levels, encouraging team working, and improving behaviour are just some of the ways music can benefit your school, argues Virginia Haworth-Galt, chief executive of Music Mark, the UK Association for Music Education

More schools are looking to create an online presence and maintain their status in the digital world. However, while many teachers have some of the skills needed, the task of setting up a new school website can still be daunting. Royal Wootton Bassett Academy shares it experience of developing a new website

The Health and Safety Executive revealed that teaching is one of the most stressful professions, with 41.5 per cent of teachers saying they are ‘highly stressed’. Jayne Morris, resident life coach expert for NHS Online Health Sector, offers advice on what to look for and ways to combat stress and discusses the finding of a Teachers Assurance survey into the matter

Luke Wynne, head of schools at leading environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan, reflects on his experience working with UK schools to help them improve their environmental performance and embed sustainability into the curriculum, Here, Luke shares his key tips on what makes a truly successful sustainability programme

Andrew Hemmings, Principal, of the Bushey Academy in Watford discusses conversion and the journey the school has embarked upon since starting over

With academies responsible for making their own insurance arrangements, James Woollam explains what to consider when shopping around for insurance to get the right coverage

As the summer holidays near the end, what happens if your building work is running behind schedule? Eleanor Kilminster and Rebecca Evans from law firm Winckworth Sherwood, give some advice on what schools should consider in such an event

With Bedford experiencing an above-average population boom, resulting in a rise in pupil numbers, Bedford Borough Council has embraced standardised designs and partnership working to increase the capacity of many of its schools

Improving school performance through academy and free schools status is important, but it will not be enough to close the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils in England’s schools, according to a new collection of essays published by the think tank IPPR.

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