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Academies

Academies Accounts Direction and related documents – 2022 Update

The “Academies accounts direction 2021-2022” was released in March alongside the “Academies model accounts” and “Framework and guide for external auditors and reporting accountants of academy trusts”.

The importance of internal scrutiny for academies

Following on from the publication of the Academy Trust Handbook 2021 (formerly the Academies Financial Handbook) which became more of a general governance on all areas and not just purely focusing on the finances of the trusts, there are some key points within the handbook which all Academy Trusts should be aware of and complying to. 

The importance of internal scrutiny for academies

Following on from the publication of the Academy Trust Handbook 2021 (formerly the Academies Financial Handbook) which became more of a general governance on all areas and not just purely focusing on the finances of the trusts, there are some key points within the handbook which all Academy Trusts should be aware of and complying to.

Academies Update Webinar

Moore (South) will be hosting an Academies Update Webinar covering Preparing for audit, Accounts Direction, Academies Financial Handbook, A trustee perspective, Update on internal audit scrutiny.

Academies Budget Forecast Return 2021

The ESF have announced that there will only be a single Academies Budget Forecast Return this year, combining the requirements of the BFR (usually required at the end of May) and BFR(3Y) (usually required at the end of July).

Academies Accounts Return 2019/20

Following the external audit and approval of the financial statements, the next important deadline on the academy’s ‘to do lists’ are the academies accounts returns (AR).

The Academies Accounts Return 2019/20 is live

The Academies Accounts Return 2019/20 (AAR) is now live for Academies to upload and submit their 2019/20 financial results.

Academies accounts return

The academies accounts return (AR) online form is now live for users to complete and submit their trust’s return by the deadline of 23 February 2021.

Academies: Accounts Direction 2019/20

The ESFA have released their annual guidance on accounts preparation for academies and Multi-Academy Trusts in the Accounts Direction 2019 to 2020.   There have been some minor changes and clarifications in this year’s publication which apply to Academy accounts for accounting periods ending 31 August 2020.  

Academies: 2020 Budget Forecast Return 3 Year

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the budget forecast return three year (BFR3Y) is the only required budget forecast to be submitted for Academies and Academy Trusts this year.

Academies update – Three-year budget review 2019 open for completion

Academies must submit their three-year budget forecast return (BFR3Y) to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) by 30 July 2019.  

Academies: Latest changes to the Accounts Direction

The ESFA have released the Accounts Direction for the Accounting Period ended 31 August 2019.  Find out what the main changes are and how these affect your statutory accounts. 

Academies Update: Guidance on preparing the BFRO

The workbook released by gov.uk includes a guidance tab to assist in the preparation of the return.

Academies Update: Changes to the BFRO

Its BFRO season.  We take a look at what’s changed.  

New ESFA guidance for academies on declaring related party transactions

The ESFA has released guidance on declaring related party transactions in advance of new reporting requirements coming into force on 1 April 2019.

Academy update – Related Party Transactions

From 1 April 2019, Academy trusts are required to declare all related party transactions in advance.

Pensions Costs

The recently announced proposed increase in Teachers’ Pensions Scheme (TPS) employer contributions from 1 September 2019, has shocked the academy sector. Treasury indications predict a rise to 23.6% - an increase of over 40%. Most schools were expecting a 2% to 3%.  

Pensions Costs

The recently announced proposed increase in Teachers’ Pensions Scheme (TPS) employer contributions from 1 September 2019, has shocked the academy sector. Treasury indications predict a rise to 23.6% - an increase of over 40%. Most schools were expecting a 2% to 3%.  

New Academies Financial Handbook 2018

The new handbook came into effect on 1 September 2018.  Although similar to the 2017 handbook, certain key items have been headlined at the front of the 2018 handbook as the “top ten musts” for chairs and trustees. These “musts” focus on three core functions of governance:  

New Academies Financial Handbook 2018

The new handbook came into effect on 1 September 2018.  Although similar to the 2017 handbook, certain key items have been headlined at the front of the 2018 handbook as the “top ten musts” for chairs and trustees. These “musts” focus on three core functions of governance:  

New Academies Financial Handbook 2018

The new handbook came into effect on 1 September 2018.  Although similar to the 2017 handbook, certain key items have been headlined at the front of the 2018 handbook as the “top ten musts” for chairs and trustees. These “musts” focus on three core functions of governance:

ESFA release the Academies Accounts Direction 2017-18

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published its Academies Accounts Direction (AAD) 2017-18 which is applicable to academy trusts preparing statutory financial statements for the period ending 31 August 2018. Although the changes aren’t as significant as those seen in previous updates, there are still a number of things to consider.

ESFA release the Academies Accounts Direction 2017-18

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published its Academies Accounts Direction (AAD) 2017-18 which is applicable to academy trusts preparing statutory financial statements for the period ending 31 August 2018. Although the changes aren’t as significant as those seen in previous updates, there are still a number of things to consider.

Academies Handbook - Andy speculates on what's in store

"The 2015 Academy Financial Handbook (AFH) is due to be released any day now.  What do I think is likely to be included this year?" writes Andrew Williams, Partner and Head of Education at Moore (South).  

Academies Handbook - Andy speculates on what's in store

"The 2015 Academy Financial Handbook (AFH) is due to be released any day now.  What do I think is likely to be included this year?" writes Andrew Williams, Partner and Head of Education at Moore (South).