Course Type: 
Group Study

Achieving Value for Money

Show your school governors, leaders and budget holders what budget management means and how to achieve best value for money.

How to use this course

Each of the three units in this course lasts around one hour. 

The units are tailored to meet the needs of different colleagues depending on their role within the school. Select the appropriate unit for the group you are training as you see fit.

Author and trainer

Nickii Messer

The school business manager is responsible for making school finances work, but many other people are involved in making strategic decisions and managing budgets. The quality of your financial management is only as good as the quality of this team’s skill and financial understanding.

School business managers need other team members to understand how their budgets work and how they can link school improvement with financial strategy to achieve best value for money.

The course will enable you to:

  • ensure everyone links budget with pupil outcomes and the school improvement plan
  • achieve budget control without compromising on standards
  • compare well against other schools on the DfE School Financial Benchmarking website
  • be confident that governors and the SLT understand their financial responsibility
  • give colleagues a better understanding of budgeting and the budget cycle.

Course writer Nickii Messer is a freelance consultant and trainer with 15 years’ experience of working as a business manager in schools.

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