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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.

Evaluating staffing costs: governors' role

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a review of efficiency in the schools system.

Page 21 says a common factor of efficient schools is that they have “governing bodies that are committed to driving the efficiency of the school.”

It continues:

A governing body that is willing to challenge schools on their use of workforce [and] their use of benchmarking information … is a vital factor in encouraging greater whole-school efficiency.

Review of efficiency in the schools system, GOV.UK – DfE (Adobe pdf file)

How do we decide how much to spend on staffing?

In this video, one of our associate education experts, Graeme Hornsby, discusses what governors should consider when deciding what percentage of the budget to spend on staffing. 


Page 23 of the DfE’s efficiency review says one of the main internal drivers

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