ESFA Academies Update: August 31, 2022

1. Reminder: You have two weeks to complete the School Directed Tutoring End of Year Statement

The deadline for your presentation is Friday, September 16, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

This is a mandatory return. You must complete this form if your institution received school-led tutoring funding in the 2021-2022 academic year, even if you have not used it.

If you do not submit this form, ESFA will recover the full allocation of funds from the school-led tutoring program.

If your institution has opted out of using the School-Directed Tutoring Grant, completing the end-of-year statement is still required, but it will be an abbreviated two-step process.

The deadline to turn in any school-directed enrollment at your school for this academic year is Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

We have published a technical and policy guide (including FAQs and scenarios) and a video tutorial to help you complete the form.


An optional calculator and tracking tool is available to help institutions complete the year-end statement, even if they haven’t been using it all year.

If you need help completing the year-end statement, contact the ESFA help center.

You can read more about the School Led Tutoring Scholarship at GOV.UK.

two. Reminder: important reminder to all RPA members: have you met the conditions for RPA cyber coverage?

To ensure that your school is covered for cyber incidents, we want to remind all RPA members that the following four conditions must be met:

  1. Must have offline backups
  2. All employees or governors who have access to the member’s information technology system must complete NCSC cybersecurity training.
  3. You must register with Police CyberAlarm
  4. You must have a cyber response plan in place

For more information, see the cyber guidance note.

Full terms and conditions of cyber coverage can be found in the Membership Rules.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact: [email protected].

3. Information: Automatic draft fiduciary financial statements available for download beginning September 1, 2022

Trusts using automation will be able to download their preliminary trust financial statements beginning September 1, 2022, via the account statement page. The statement of accounts will be launched in October.

This report is currently available for testing via the Excel workbook, and feedback is welcome.

Guidance can be found in the academies chart of accounts and on the account statement automation web page.

Please send any feedback you may have to [email protected].

Four. Information: RPA members – practical audit process workshop

As part of our support for risk management, the Department for Education (in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson, which provides risk management services to all RPA members) is hosting a webinar that includes:

  • Risks evaluation
  • stress
  • security
  • employment law

Select the best date to read more information and register:

For the latest news on our wide range of webinars, check out the events tab on our LinkedIn Purchasing for Schools page.

5. Information: Get advice on how to address and respond to harmful sexual behavior

Any protection professional in England who may encounter developmentally inappropriate sexual behavior among the children and young people they work with can contact the Harmful Sexual Behavior Support Service and would like help and support on how to respond to individual incidents or to discuss broader policy issues. .

Support can be contacted Monday to Friday 8:00am to 8:00pm on 0344 225 0623 or [email protected].

Learn more on the Harmful Sexual Behavior Support Service website.

The service has been in operation since January 2022 and is run by the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and the Marie Collins Foundation, funded by the UK Government Home Office.

The Support Service will end on October 28, 2022. We encourage professionals to continue to engage with the service for support until this time. More resources will continue to be available after the end of the Support Service.

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