Key Points
  • Learn how to manage a reduced budget with practical examples of balancing books under tremendous financial pressure
  • Understand how to maintain and future-proof a broad curriculum against rising costs
  • Implement the optimum staffing structure for your school and manage a successful consultation and restructure
  • Be inspired listening to schools on how they generated significant and sustainable income to boost funds


Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • (Keynote) Sir Andrew Carter OBE, CEO, South Farnham School Educational Trust
  • Simon Oxenham, National Lead on School Finance and Efficiency, ISBL and Director of Resources, Southend High School for Boys
  • Jules White, Headteacher, Tanbridge House School and Founder of the WorthLess? Campaign
  • Dr David Palmer, Director of Finance and Resources, Wycombe High School Academies Trust
  • Philippa Ollerhead, Education Services Director, Judicium Education
  • Jim Roberts, Headteacher, Hove Park School
  • Emma Flawn, Headteacher, Camps Hill Primary School and Joint CEO, The Claxton Trust
  • Ron Skelton, Headteacher, Broadway Academy
  • Matthew Smith, School Business Manager, Sheringham Woodfields School


Total school spending per pupil in England between 2009-10 and 2017-18 fell by about 8% in real terms according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Driven by a combination of a greater fall in spending by local authorities and school sixth form spending per pupil, alongside faster growth in pupil numbers, school spending is likely to suffer real terms cuts this year and next despite Department for Education pledges to protect funding.

Despite the introduction of the National Funding Formula to iron out budget inequities between schools in different areas, some schools are also finding themselves worse off.

With the rise in teacher pay together with additional pension and national insurance contributions, the impact of schools' costs look set to rise faster than general inflation. And with school reserves falling at quite an alarming rate with many schools’ expenditure exceeding their in-year income, school funding is in crisis with large numbers of schools having to restructure to balance budgets.

Targeting all headteachers, deputy heads and school business professionals, Westminster Insight's School Funding conference will address the challenges schools face in meeting rising costs with a real terms fall in education funding.

Featuring a stellar cast of headteachers and school business professionals, plus four real-life school case studies from primary, secondary and special schools, this one-day event will provide much-needed guidance and support for those having to make tough decisions to balance budgets in schools.

Agenda
Start

09:30 - 10:00
Registration

 

10:00 - 10:05
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Simon Oxenham National Lead on School Finance and Efficiency, ISBL and Director of Resources, Southend High School for Boys

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10:05 - 10:40
Keynote Presentation: Latest Guidance and Updates on School Funding

 

  • Latest update and guidance on the implementation of the National Funding Formula
  • Clarification over the teachers pay award and teachers' pay grant and teacher pension contributions and teacher pension grant
  • Further information on mental health funding and dedicated mental health professionals in schools and what the implications of this will be for schools
  • What will be the impact of the 2019 spending review on schools?
  • What policy changes are on the horizon with regards to funding that will affect schools?
  • How does central government think schools should tackle lack of funding and raise additional income?

10:40 - 11:15
Managing a Reduced Budget; Practical Examples of Balancing Books under Tremendous Financial Pressure from the Perspective of a Headteacher

 
  • Balancing the budget with escalating costs and a real terms fall in funding
  • Analysing school budget and expenditure to identify financial inefficiencies 
  • Challenging assumptions about high frequency but low impact tasks
  • How can schools save money? Strategies to secure better value for money without impacting on efficiency
  • Managing cashflow for additional pupils when funding for those pupils doesn't appear until the following April

Speakers

Jules White Headteacher, Tanbridge House School and Founder of the WorthLess? Campaign

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11:15 - 11:50
Maintaining a Broad Curriculum during Financial Pressures; Future-Proofing the Curriculum against Rising Costs

 
  • Should the curriculum drive the budget or the budget drive the curriculum?
  • Calculating whether your current curriculum model is affordable over time
  • Deploying staff effectively to future-proof the curriculum against rising costs
  • Could some teachers be redeployed into new areas with subject enhancement training to get them up to speed?
  • Could schools share teachers? What would be the implications for the teachers, schools and pupils?
  • With the challenges of recruitment and rising costs, how can a broad curriculum be maintained?

Speakers

Dr David Palmer Director of Finance and Resources, Wycombe High School Academies Trust

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11:50 - 12:10
Networking Coffee

 

12:10 - 12:45
Developing the Optimum Staffing Structure for your School to Secure Long Term Financial Viability

 
  • What is the optimum staffing structure?
  • How can schools reduce staffing costs and future proof staffing for the years ahead?
  • What's the optimum use of support staff?
  • Evaluating your staff to ensure staff are working as efficiently as possible
  • Restructuring and redundancies; scope to make savings without affecting results
  • How will restructuring affect teacher recruitment and retention?

Speakers

Philippa Ollerhead Education Services Director, Judicium Education

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12:45 - 13:15
Successful School Restructuring Case Study

 
  • First Headship and first job - split site, big school, large deficit and anxious staff.
  • Hear how Hove Park School managed the consultation and re-structure process whilst retaining Jim's sanity, staff morale and ensuring they kept a focus on teaching, learning, outcomes and results! One school's journey and what they learnt.

Speakers

Jim Roberts Headteacher, Hove Park School

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13:15 - 14:15
Lunch

 

14:15 - 14:50
How can Schools Generate Income to Boost Funds?

 

  • Creating sustainable and significant income streams that bring money in year on year
  • What are the more innovative or unusual ways of raising your income?
  • What are the practicalities, implications, pitfalls etc regarding safeguarding, time investment, fee structures etc.?
  • Identifying the risks with income generation; taking the plunge and minimising the risks

Speakers

Sir Andrew Carter OBE CEO, South Farnham School Educational Trust

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14:50 - 15:05
Primary

 
Camps Hill Primary School is exploring a number of options to generate additional income to boost funds, most notably with the creation of an autism spectrum disorder base. Amongst other things, they already rent out an on-site cafe to community groups and a new baby provision for under twos will be opening next year.

Speakers

Emma Flawn Headteacher, Camps Hill Primary School and Joint CEO, The Claxton Trust

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14:50 - 14:50
Income Generation Case Studies

 
Hear from a number of headteachers who have devised significant and sustainable revenue streams to mitigate the effects of funding cuts.

15:05 - 15:20
Secondary and Sixth Form

 
Ron has raised over £3.4 million for the Broadway Academy Trust in the last 10 years. This has been achieved through a new deal for Community bid to raise money for community facilities in school. They have also raised money through the Police Crime Commissioner to employ a full-time Partnership Engagement Manager who continues to raise funds for the Academy.

Speakers

Ron Skelton Headteacher, Broadway Academy Trust

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15:20 - 15:35
Special Needs

 
Since 2010, special needs school, Sheringham Woodfields has operated a charity shop with all surplus money reinvested into school funds for extra-curricular activities and resources. Supported by a team of volunteers consisting of parents, past students, high school students and customers, the shop is run by the pupils for the pupils and gives them the opportunity to learn life skills in a safe and secure environment. Sheringham Woodfields has also undertaken many large fundraising projects and secured in excess of £2 million of additional grants/income in the past 10 years.

Speakers

Matthew Smith School Business Manager, Sheringham Woodfields School

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15:35 - 15:40
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

15:40 - 15:40
Close

 

End

Speakers

Sir Andrew Carter OBE CEO, South Farnham School Educational Trust

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Emma Flawn Headteacher, Camps Hill Primary School and Joint CEO, The Claxton Trust

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Philippa Ollerhead Education Services Director, Judicium Education

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Simon Oxenham National Lead on School Finance and Efficiency, ISBL and Director of Resources, Southend High School for Boys

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Dr David Palmer Director of Finance and Resources, Wycombe High School Academies Trust

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Jim Roberts Headteacher, Hove Park School

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Ron Skelton Headteacher, Broadway Academy Trust

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Matthew Smith School Business Manager, Sheringham Woodfields School

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Jules White Headteacher, Tanbridge House School and Founder of the WorthLess? Campaign

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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