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Haslers Chartered Accountants

November 2017

Welcome to our latest Spotlight on Education newsletter

We hope you enjoy this edition which highlights some of the latest news and issues affecting the education sector.

In working with individual academies, academy chains, free schools and independent schools, our dedicated education team can deliver the comprehensive knowledge and expertise that education leaders look for.

If you have any comments on our bulletin, or would like further information on the services Haslers can offer to schools, please contact us on 0208 418 3333, email Haslers or visit www.haslersforeducation.com.


Our education team


Laura Ambrose is head of education services and, as such, leads a team of managers and staff delivering services to academies at all stages of the conversion process and beyond, including preparation of management accounts, year-end accounts and audit.


Christina Georgiou has over 30 years’ experience in audit and accounts compliance. As part of Haslers’ focus on supporting academies, Christina has identified a need for sector-specific financial training and has created our own Accounting for Academies workshop programme for academies personnel.


Debra Dougal is Haslers’ VAT partner, with particular expertise in VAT issues affecting the education sector. She has more than 25 years’ experience in VAT and is ideally placed to provide practical advice to help academies, free schools and independent schools achieve maximum VAT-efficiency.


Michael Watts brings his vast expertise in corporate finance to our education team where his knowledge of due diligence and investigatory work is particularly valuable to MATs.


FREE seminar to focus on income generation for your academy

Our proactive academies team will be hosting another of our informal, interactive seminars on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Our FREE seminar, entitled ‘Income Generation for Academies’ will once again be held at our office in Loughton.



Minister calls on academies to join together to profit from ‘collective firepower’

Smaller academy trusts are being urged to "seriously think" about joining together to form larger multi-academy trusts (MATs), the minister for the schools system has said.

Essex Council confirms plans to create county-wide MAT

Essex County Council is to set up a multi-academy trust which any school in the county could apply to join, subject to meeting certain criteria.



Small private schools accused of not knowing how to improve teaching

Ofsted has claimed that a number of small private schools are failing inspections because their leaders are often unqualified and do not know how to improve teaching standards.

GDPR: Schools need to face up to new regulations and act now

An IT expert has warned that schools may have to free up a member of staff to work three days per week on new EU data protection issues, which are set to take effect in May 2018.



New graduate school for teachers aims to enhance professional development

A new organisation, aimed at enhancing ongoing professional development amongst teachers, was officially launched by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening.

Teacher recruitment set to worsen – according to poll of school leaders

A poll of school leaders found that two-thirds fear teacher recruitment at their schools will worsen over the next two years.



‘Asset-stripping’ MAT prompts calls for official report into collapse

The collapse of troubled Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) is continuing to cause embarrassment to the Department for Education (DfE), following calls to publish an official report into the scandal.


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