‘School Resource Management: Building a stronger system’ published by the DfE this month, is the new strategy that outlines how the DfE “will work with schools and academy trusts to empower school leaders, executive leaders, school business professionals and boards to make effective financial decisions, which target valuable resources towards the best outcomes for pupils”.
This document identifies systems and structures that will be supported by government to help schools and trusts find £1 billion of savings to prepare for and manage their rising energy and other costs. In this article, while certainly recognising the relevance of the ideas in this document and much of the philosophy and thinking at the core, I wish to include some thoughts on the wider national and sector issues currently faced by schools.
It is clear the government is aware of the above issues and many more, and ‘Building a stronger system’ has much to recommend. Although, despite re-assurances this week, my experience leads me to ask the question ‘will all schools and trusts have control of the savings made using the tools outlined in SRM?’. So, I finish with positive expectation of the answer with the words of Robin Walker MP, Minister of State for School Standards: –
“We know that teachers succeed by their outstanding commitment, professionalism, and creativity but they also need the right resources and the support of others who work alongside them – within and outside the classroom.
This government is committed to levelling up opportunity for all children and young people. We have delivered the biggest funding boost for schools and academy trusts in a decade, and continue to deliver year-on-year, real terms per pupil increases to school funding.”
Enjoy your end of year events, successes and celebrations.
John Croghan M.Ed. BA. Cert.Ed.
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John Croghan M.Ed. BA. CertEd. has over 50 years of experience in education, as a teacher, leading learning in classrooms from EYFS to Y11, as well as a leader and primary headteacher. He enjoyed his role supporting Every Child Matters in schools and has advised and supported schools across the West Midlands, as well as leading OFSTED inspections. He is currently a school consultant, mentor, and governor.
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