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  • Approving the budget: questions to ask (finance committee) Know what questions to ask school leaders when you're scrutinising the budget (including considerations as a result of coronavirus), so you cover all angles before passing the budget on to the full governing board for approval.
  • 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 governors What 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 affected Get 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 budgets How 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.
  • Governors and trustees supplying schools with goods or services Find out how to manage conflicts of interest if you’re purchasing a governor's goods or services. If you're an academy trust, you also have to manage related party transactions.
  • How to monitor and scrutinise the budget in finance committee meetings Find out what to do before your finance committee meetings and use our questions to help you scrutinise the budget throughout the year. It's a long read, but it'll help you go through your budget with a fine-tooth comb.
  • Local governing bodies (LGB): how to monitor value for money Be clear on how you can go about monitoring value for money in your school if you’ve been delegated this responsibility.