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Finance

Nickii Messer

Budget cutting should be long-term, not knee-jerk

In a climate of ever-tightening purse strings, it’s all too easy for school business leaders to overlook strategic plans and make hasty attempts to cut staff in order to balance the budget. With most schools feeling the pinch – or the tight grip of a vice, in some cases – of rapidly shrinking...
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Matthew Clement...

Fairer funding or financial catastrophe? Stephen Morales on challenging the status quo

I recently asked Stephen Morales, CEO of the National Association of School Business Management, for his view on the impact of recent funding issues on schools. Throughout the interview, Stephen was as measured and diplomatic as you would expect of someone in his position. NASBM is an organisation...
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Nickii Messer

Why aren't more schools business savvy?

It is disheartening that so many schools continue to make poor financial decisions at the expense of their pupils' life chances. If they are to stay solvent, SBMs must spend strategically! To prove that I am such a hard-nosed business lady, my friends like to recall the time that, when held up and...
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Alex Masters

How to save your school money: small changes with a big impact

Imminent changes to school funding, tighter budgets and higher expectations… the pressure is on. Our exclusive report suggests simple ways your school could save hundreds of pounds. The recent news about a grammar school asking parents to pay for their children’s exams is yet another example of how...
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Alex Masters

Charging for activities at your school: the dos and don’ts

Schools are always keen to find new ways to generate income and charging for activities is a common and often lucrative way to do this. But sometimes the territory is murky and there are certain rules about when you should and shouldn’t charge. Check out our charging and remissions dos and don’ts...
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Elizabeth Holmes

CPD and the year ahead – the view from the TDT (Part 2)

'Learning never exhausts the mind.' – Leonardo Da Vinci Following on from our recent blog on David Weston and the Teacher Development Trust , we discuss with David the key characteristics of effective CPD and what schools can do to raise the profile and standard of the CPD accessed by teachers...
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Elizabeth Holmes

CPD and the year ahead – the view from the TDT (Part 1)

'Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.' – Albert Einstein There are few people out there with as much interest and involvement in the continuing professional development of teachers as David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust (TDT) . In the two...
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