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Introducing the Confederation of School Trusts
As of 11 October, the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools – National Association (Fasna) will be renamed the Confederation of School Trusts (CST). The change reflects a new direction for the organisation in terms of lobbying on behalf of the academy sector and supporting trusts. Read more…
Finance mistakes to avoid
In light of a recent Panorama investigation, the Education Manager at Kreston Reeves encourages trusts to reflect on their practices and make sure they are aware of certain finance issues, such as the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF), related party transactions and the authorisation of invoices. Read more…
Debunking myths about academy trusts
The CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts challenges some of the negative headlines about academy trusts and the English education system that often appear in today's news. She debunks headlines such as ‘Academies care more about money than pupils’ and ‘English schools are broken’, and encourages a more objective, evidence-based view of the education system. Read more…
Improving staff retention
Recent government data shows an increase in the rate at which teachers are leaving the profession. We believe that providing sustained, relevant training and guidance can help improve retention rates. The CPD Library can help teachers to work on their own personal development, achieve their career goals and access key guidance on issues such as time management, building resilience, managing behaviour in the classroom and using relaxation techniques to deal with daily stresses.
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