This much I know about…school funding, on-costs and balancing the budget!


I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about school funding, on-costs and balancing the budget!


News management is an essential art if you are a political party. On the same day that Lord Nash announced at the Independent Academies Association’s autumn conference that school leaders are going to have…to cut their cloth to drive efficiencies…schools will increasingly have to do more with the same money, Tristram Hunt announced his plans for teachers to take their own version of the Hippocratic oath. Guess which one made the news headlines?

New education minister John Nash, sponsor of academies through his foundation Future and Tory donor

Good Headteachers trust their colleagues to manage budgets. I was lucky to work under a Headteacher who gave me total responsibility (and accountability) for spending the erstwhile Technology College budget, some £150,000 p.a. It helped me understand finances and was the best preparation I…

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