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Education Enterprise Agreement – 60% Discount Promotion

The recently launched Education Enterprise Agreement is now available with a huge 60% discount off the Tier-1 entry price for K-12 schools of 20 – 299 members of staff.

The EEA program is only available to specialised Educational resellers and is sold as either a 1 year or 2 year commitment to the software. The customer declares their FTE (Full time Equivalent staff) and then purchases the Design & Web Collection (including ALL the updates) to obtain the following products:


The video collection and additional add-ons are purchased on a per device basis, with 60% also off the video collection. The estimated street pricing for all of the available EEA products are as follows:


The promotion is available immediately until 31st January 2014.

For more information contact an Adobe Distributor, your Channel Account Manager or the Adobe Education sales team.

Schools: Facts and Figures

With Free Schools, many more academies, University Technology Colleges and even Studio Schools opening this September we have a rapidly changing education system. What I’ve tried to do is summarise these changes, pulling together information from several sources, to provide an overall picture of UK schools.

Free Schools

The Government has today announced that 55 new Free Schools will open this September. The first 24 Free Schools opened in September 2011 while a further 114 have been approved to open in 2013 and beyond.

Free Schools aim to achieve higher standards and offer a genuine alternative. They are funded by the Government but have greater freedoms than local authority-run schools. They are run by teachers – not local councils or Westminster politicians – and have freedom over the length of the school day and term, the curriculum and how they spend their money.

Of the new Free Schools opening this September:

  • 19 are primary schools, 19 are secondary schools and seven are all-age schools. There is one 14-19 school and one 16-19 school. Five are alternative provision schools – the first Free Schools of their type – and three are special schools.
  • The schools are spread across England. They are primarily concentrated in areas of deprivation or areas where there is a shortage of school places. 25 of the 55 schools are located in the most deprived 25 per cent of communities in the country. 33 of the schools are in areas where there is need for more school places.
  • 12 have been set up by teachers, 19 by parent or community groups, 9 by charities and 13 are set up by existing education providers. Two existing independent schools will join the state sector as Free Schools.


As of 1 July 2012 there are 1957 academies open in England. These academies are listed in the all open academies spreadsheet available to download from the associated resources section of the DfE web site. This information is updated once a month.

The location of open academies can also be seen on our publication list spreadsheet, also available to download, shows details of schools which have formally applied for academy status and progress towards conversion, including all academies that have opened in the academic year 2011/12.

Academy applications have continued at the rate of 50 – 60 per months. The current numbers are:

  • 2311 applications receives
  • 2160 applications approved

University Technology Colleges

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are the best-known model of technical academies. They specialise in subjects that need modern, technical, industry-standard equipment – such as engineering and construction – and teach these disciplines alongside business skills and the use of ICT.

On 29 May 2012, 15 new University Technical Colleges (UTCs) were approved to enter the pre-opening stage. This takes the total number of UTCs that are in pre-opening stage to 32.

UTCs are spread across England and specialise in demanding technical subjects, including advanced engineering, digital technologies and bio-medical sciences. Almost 200 major national and local employers have been involved in developing these projects. Working in partnership with universities and employers, UTCs will provide a new generation of school leavers with the technical knowledge and skills that industry demands.

The Government is set to deliver the 24 UTCs by 2014 that were committed to in the Budget 2011, and create opportunities for more than 20 000 young people to train as the engineers, scientists and technicians of the future.

You can download a list and a map of the UTCs approved to open in 2012 and beyond, and the UTCs already open, from the ‘Associated resources’ part of the DfE web site.

Studio Schools

Studio Schools are innovative new schools for 14- to 19-year-olds, delivering project-based, practical learning alongside mainstream academic study. Studio Schools offer academic and vocational qualifications, but teach them in a practical and project-based way. Study is combined with work placements with local and national employers who are involved in the school.

Learning in this way encourages students to develop skills like punctuality, good communication, reliability and team working, whilst gaining a strong grounding in English, maths and science.

These new schools, which are set up with the backing of local businesses and employers, are part of the Government’s drive to ensure the education system responds to demands from employers for the skills they need to grow and prosper. Employers say that ensuring our young people have these important skills should be a top education priority for the Government.

12 new Studio Schools have been approved to open in 2012.

Maintained Schools

To complete the picture here are the latest school numbers from the DfE:

Regions All Primary Secondary 16-18
East Midlands 2316 schools 1888 schools 560 schools 387 schools
East of England 3014 schools 2452 schools 835 schools 526 schools
London 3113 schools 2412 schools 945 schools 710 schools
North East 1239 schools 1022 schools 301 schools 165 schools
North West 3560 schools 2845 schools 887 schools 525 schools
South East 4096 schools 3275 schools 1212 schools 813 schools
South West 2807 schools 2289 schools 730 schools 478 schools
West Midlands 2702 schools 2079 schools 761 schools 521 schools
Yorkshire and the Humber 2493 schools 2049 schools 555 schools 366 schools
Total number of schools : 25340 20311 6786 4491

New: Adobe Digital School Collection

Here is a great new offering for Primary and Secondary schools that wish to introduce ‘Creativity in the Classroom’. Packed with features in licence packs of 50 and 100, the Digital School Collection is the perfect creativity solution.

On 1st December 2011 Adobe announces the latest edition of Digital School Collection (ADSC) for primary & secondary school students and educators, available for Windows and Mac OS.

 The bundle – which gives students, including those with learning disabilities, a way to visually express what they’ve learned across curriculum – includes the recently announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 software, as well as Adobe Acrobat X Pro. Together, ADSC allows students to create projects and classroom presentations that include:

  • polished photos and photo books
  • compelling movies with professional-quality effects
  • media-rich documents and ePortfolios

To set teachers up for success, Adobe has published additional resources to deploy ADSC quickly and efficiently, including:

  • ready-to-use lesson plans, tutorials, tips and tricks and video lesson examples – all instantly available on the free Adobe Education Exchange

We also announce a new pricing model – Digital School Collection is now exclusively available as a 50- or 100-pack K-12 Site License through flexible Cumulative Licensing Program or Transactional Licensing Program plans, ensuring schools and districts can maximize their software budget through wide, cross-platform distributions. These site licenses also come with supporting resources for teaching 21st century skills and engaging students in cross-curricular learning through digital storytelling.

Spending Review: Where did the Axe fall?

Where did the spending review Axe fall as far as Education is concerned? All the spending review details published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies can be found at:

For Education specifically, here are the details:

Graduates and Universities:

Under proposals released today by the Browne Review of higher education funding and student finance, graduates would expect to pay on average at least £5,300 more for their degree, according to analysis by IFS researchers. However, the lowest-earning graduates would be protected from the burden of increased debt and would actually pay less than under the current system.

Despite the proposed increase in tuition fees to £6,000 or above, universities would not be likely to see any benefit: they would need to charge fees of £7,000 or more in order to recoup their losses from proposed cuts in public funding. The real winner of the proposed reforms is the Exchequer, which would save up to £6,000 on the cost of a degree for each student. 

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A Progressive Graduate Tax?

Lord Browne’s recommendations for higher education funding have provoked controversy. The potential sharp increase in tuition fees has grabbed the headlines, but another proposed measure has also received considerable attention: increasing the interest rate on student loans to 2.2% above RPI inflation. There have also been criticisms of the review’s alleged lack of focus on the potential for a graduate tax. In this Observation, we explore both issues in some detail.

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Pupil Premium:

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed that the Government will introduce a ‘pupil premium’ in England. This will provide extra money to state schools for each pupil from a disadvantaged background.The Department for Education is currently consulting on the design of this pupil premium, and today IFS researchers publish their response to the consultation. Its two key conclusions are that:

  • Overall, it would be broadly ‘progressive’ in the sense that the average percentage increase in funding would be greater for schools that are more deprived;
  • But schools in more deprived areas would, under the proposed model, receive a smaller pupil premium than similarly-deprived schools in more affluent areas.

Luke Sibieta, a co-author of the report and a senior research economist at IFS, said:”The pupil premium proposed by the Government would be broadly progressive since more deprived schools have many more pupils who would attract additional funding. That the pupil premium should be higher in less deprived areas is hard to justify: it would widen inequalities in funding for deprived pupils, rather than reduce them. Attaching the same pupil premium to all disadvantaged pupils regardless of where they live would not only be simpler, it would also be more consistent with the Government’s stated objectives.”Download full version (PDF 824 KB)

Academies: Here to Stay

After the dangerous dogs act the second piece of legislation passed by the new coalition government was the Academies Act. There’s no doubt that this is a critical policy by the government to free schools from Local Authority control and provide them with far greater autonomy. But is it going to be successful? As a Governor going through an evaluation of Academy status at the moment it is clear that momentum is building with a number of schools likely to convert for January 1, 2011 and an even bigger number for April 1, 2011. This latter date coicides with the financial year and will make sense to many schools as the ideal time to become an Academy.

This is definitely an initiative to watch and I suspect that we’ll get a running total of academies over the coming months as the government continues to encourage, push and cajole more and more schools. Here’s the latest information from Michale Gove:

Michael Gove, Education Secretary, today (Sept 1) announced that 142 schools have accepted the Government’s offer to become an academy since the Academies Act became law just over a month ago. These schools have made a commitment to work with other schools and share their expertise. This is the first wave of converters in a rolling process that allows schools to convert at any stage.

The running total of schools that will become academies this academic year is 216 so far. The current breakdown is as follows:

  • 142 schools converting to become academies: 32 are opening this week and a further 110 schools have had Academy Orders signed which means they are on track to convert to academies over the coming months.
  • Of the 142, there are 7 primary schools which become the first ever primary academies to open. The Government has said that special schools will also be allowed to become academies from next year.
  • 64 new academies replace failing schools this September plus a further 10 opening by April 2011. This is record progress; it took five years for 15 city technology colleges to open, and four years for the first 27 academies to open.

Michael Gove said:

This Government believes that teachers and head teachers, not politicians and bureaucrats, should control schools and have more power over how they are run. That’s why we are spreading academy freedoms. This will give heads more power to tackle disruptive children, to protect and reward teachers better, and to give children the specialist teaching they need.

This year’s GCSE results saw academy pupils improving at nearly three times the historic rate of state school improvement.

Notes to editors

  1. A full list of all schools becoming academies for this September term is available to download. Download the list as a pdf (pdf, 45kb). Download the list as a spreadsheet (excel, 46kb). A list of applications for academy status, and Academy Orders is also available to download. Download the list as a pdf (pdf, 60kb). Download the list as a spreadsheet (excel, 47kb).
  2. For further information and responses from Heads of new academies, read the full press notice.
  3. The list below gives the number of academies opening each year under the previous Government:
  • 3 opened in 2002
  • 9 opened in 2003
  • 5 opened in 2004
  • 10 opened in 2005
  • 19 opened in 2006
  • 37 opened in 2007
  • 47 opened in 2008
  • 70 opened in 2009
  • 3 opened in January 2010

Total: 203