Love thy efficiency neighbour

Matthew Evans

I find nothing more irritating than to have my intelligence insulted, particularly by people who think they are being helpful but haven’t actually got a clue.

If you have ever come across the ESFAs ‘Efficiency Neighbours’ data you’ll know what I mean. This blog is for any school leaders who are told they should use this data to help them identify financial efficiencies. To save you some time, I publish below my submission to the ESFA in which I try to explain why their data is rubbish.

Now I don’t like to bite the hand that feeds, so I will repeat that I think this data has been put together in good faith. Financial efficiency is important and it is right that schools should be expected to benchmark costs against similar schools and identify ways they could operate with better value for money. Thanks for trying to help. It’s just……

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