haysmacintyre Schools Briefing 2014
Welcome to this special conference edition of Schools Briefing.
We are on the way to approving the 2014/15 budgets, fee letters have been sent and it is the lull before the year end storm. Another busy term. For this conference edition we have put together a selection of articles that we hope you will find interesting and thought provoking.
Conflicts of interest arise in most charities including schools: this is not an issue in itself. John Clarke from Stone King helpfully guides us through how we should be facing up to conflicts, explains how the school can be seen to be acting appropriately and how governors can be confident that they have acted in the best interest of the school.
A few weeks ago I attended a seminar our Property Team were running, and as I listened to the possible implications of the Energy Act 2011 to companies, I began to think about schools. While you may initially think what has this got to do with schools, it occurred to me that renting of property in the schools sector can be significant and is growing. Ian Daniels, head of our Property Team, explains the implications and highlights that perhaps we ought to consider whether this could be an issue for us. The time frame may seem far off but do we need to start planning sooner?
At the recent AGBIS Annual Conference I had an interesting conversation with David Stevens. David has a lot of experience in the schools sector and he has given us an insight into some of the challenges facing governors, asking the important question – What will be your legacy as a governor?
Finally, we have a short update on accounting and reporting matters including the Charity Commission consultation on the 2014 Annual Return and the new requirement for strategic reporting. We have also included an example scheme of financial delegation in support of our strategy to strengthen financial governance in our schools.
We are grateful to all our guest writers. As advisers to you and the sector it is important that we continue to challenge and support you. I hope you enjoy this edition and we value your feedback and suggestions for the future.
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