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In a strategic move to enhance their financial management systems, Thomas Mills High School has opted for the powerful Sage Intacct platform through Schools’ Choice. This decision reflects the school’s commitment to staying current with technological advancements and ensuring a smooth transition with a trusted partner.

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Schools' Choice is thrilled to announce its partnership with All Saints Schools Trust.The decision to collaborate with Schools' Choice stems from All Saints Schools Trust’s commitment to starting their digital transformation. The school has embarked on a journey to adopt Sage Intacct, a powerful and scalable cloud-based finance system.

Legislation – Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023 - has been brought forward to enable minimum service levels to be applied within key sectors in the event of strike action.This new legislation aims to limit the impact on the public when staff are on strike, finding a balance between the ability of unions and their members to strike and the need for the public to access key services during these times. 

Schools’ Choice is pleased to exhibit alongside expert trust-centred service providers at the CST Trust Finance and Operations Conference this year, showcasing its specialist educational management services.

The Department for Education has publish non-statutory Gender Questioning Children guidance designed to provide practical advice which schools are expected to follow when making decisions regarding children who are questioning their gender.  As well as publishing the guidance the DfE also launched a consultation and the guidance will not be effective until after feedback from the consultation has been reviewed.

Following the closure of the GMB ballot on 24 October 2023, confirmation from the Local Government Association was received on the afternoon of 1 November 2023 that the pay award for local government services (those employees on ‘Green Book’) has been reached.

The Government has at last published its long awaited response following the consultation on reforms to retained EU employment law and the consultation on calculating holiday entitlement for part-year and irregular hours workers; many people know this as the consultation following the Harpur v Brazel judgement.

In July 2023, following the announcement of the 6.5% teacher pay award, the DfE announced that it would be providing additional funding of up to £40 million as further support to schools in particular financial difficulty.

The DfE has published the outcome of the valuation of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, and it has been confirmed there is a need to increase the employer contribution rate by 5% from April 2024.

The 2023 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) has now been published. This is statutory guidance for LA maintained schools in England, although many academies and multi-academy trusts also comply with it.

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