Friday Update – 15 January 2016

In this week’s Update I highlight the new school efficiency metric tool, updated timeline guidance and the launch of a new mentoring campaign to support struggling teenagers.

NEW SCHOOL EFFICIENCY TOOL
The DfE has introduced a new metric tool to help mainstream schools understand whether they can improve their efficiency relative to other schools and you might want to consider whether you want to use this tool at your next Finance/Resources Committee meetings.

The metric provides schools with an indication of their efficiency, based on pupil attainment and the money used to achieve it, relative to statistically similar schools. This is intended to prompt schools to think about where they can become more efficient and how they could focus their resources to support measures to increase attainment.

GUIDANCE: TIMELINES
The DfE has provided guidance for Headteachers and Governing bodies of maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units, to help understand and plan for the compulsory legal requirements schools must meet.

MENTORING CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT STRUGGLING TEENAGERS
The Government has announced the Chair of Capgemini UK and the Careers and Enterprise Company, has agreed to lead a major campaign to encourage business people and professionals to volunteer to act as mentors to young teenagers at risk of dropping out of education or achieving less than they could.

The new campaign will be led through the Careers and Enterprise Company, which was set up to give young people better access to access to high quality careers education, advice and guidance through more effective employer engagement with schools.