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.
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: spendingUpdatedKnow 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.
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.