“Does the school have adequate financial skills amongst its employees to ensure sound financial management is maintained?”
In the ‘Finance’ section of Evaluate-Ed there is a topic called ‘Procedures and Practices’ with a set of questions directly related to this theme
There is absolutely no doubt that both the procedures established by any school or trust, and the skills of the people undertaking the daily practices of financial management, directly affect the resources available to support pupils. When there are clear roles and responsibilities, that are not only defined but also understood by all staff, they allow the importance and relevance of financial systems to support school development and the whole-school improvement process. So here are some thoughts on the question above, as we assimilate the implications for our own school or trust of the latest updated to the DfE’s ‘School Resource Management: Building a stronger system’ document.
A successful school or trust will always have staff, governors or trustees with the variety of financial skills necessary for the provision of a high-quality curriculum with all the necessary resources to support pupil learning.
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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