Maintained schools to publish financial information on their websites – Friday 25 September 2020

This week I report on the new requirement for maintained schools to publish financial information on their websites, guidance on the admission of summer born children into school and a delay in publication of the SEND Review.

Financial information maintained schools must publish online
From this academic year maintained schools must publish financial information on their website as follows:

  • how many school employees (if any) have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more in increments of £10,000;
  • a link to the webpage which is dedicated to their school on the schools financial benchmarking service.

Summer-born children: school admission
Yesterday the DfE published an updated statement on the admission of summer born children into school.  Whilst it does not intend for it to become the norm for summer born children to start school at age 5, where parents genuinely believe that delaying admission is right for their child, it expects admission authorities to give careful consideration to the age group in which the child’s needs can best be met, and to make sure they get the process right.

It also published some new advice to help parents who have concerns about their child’s readiness for school to make an informed decision about what would be right for their child, alongside some updated guidance to support admission authorities in fulfilling the duties imposed on them by the code.

Delay to publication of the SEND Review
The Education Secretary has confirmed that a review into provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities won’t now be published until next year, as work had stalled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ministers commissioned the review last September to look at how the system has evolved since reforms in 2014 that brought in new education, health and care plans, and explore the role of health care in SEND in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care.