Approving the budget: questions to ask (full board)Know what questions to ask your finance committee before you vote on the school budget (including considerations as a result of coronavirus), so you can be sure that the budget has been scrutinised properly.
Budget cuts: role of governorsWhat is the governing board's role in cutting spending? We relay advice from one of our experts on how to respond to tightening budgets. Another of our experts explains that governors are responsible for approving spending decisions and sets out what to look for in proposals for cutting expenditure.
Coronavirus: how your budget is affectedGet up to speed on the current school finance landscape so you know what government support is available and what financial challenges your school might be facing.
Efficient staffing budgetsHow can our school be more efficient with the staffing budget? The largest proportion of any school’s budget will be spent on staffing, so we look at how schools can achieve best value for money. We relay expert advice and refer to government guidance on how you might do this.
Pupil premium: spendingKnow what your role is in monitoring pupil premium spending, and get up to speed with the rules on what it should and shouldn't be spent on.
Refusing to approve the school budgetThis is a serious decision. Understand the different situations where your governing board might refuse to approve the budget, and what you can do next if this happens.
Setting the budgetWho is responsible for setting the budget? Schools can decide the level of involvement that the chair of the finance committee has in setting the budget. We suggest questions governors could ask to monitor the budget setting process.
The budget approval process in MATsThe budget approval process can vary from trust to trust. Use these examples to get an idea of what the process might look like in your multi-academy trust, where you could be involved and what you'd need to do.