Guest of Honour

Tom Goldman Deputy Director, Funding Policy Unit, Department for Education

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With the National Audit Office and the Institute for Fiscal Studies warning of a £3bn gap in school funding and an 8% cut in real-term schools budget, schools face considerable financial challenges. The introduction of a national funding formula, which was announced in December 2016 will impact schools differently across the country from April 2018. Despite the injection of £1.3bn to schools by the Government, the Institute of Fiscal Studies has noted that this still represents a real-term freeze to budgets over the next two years.

The need for schools to employ efficient and adept financial planning and policies has become all the more necessary in such a testing environment. This forum will provide attendees with the opportunity to consider actions and best practice from across the country to apply to a vairety of scenarios, as well as sharing revenue raising techniques.


08:30 - 08:55
Registration, Networking and Refreshments


08:55 - 09:00
Opening Remarks


09:00 - 09:30
Implementing the National Funding Formula



Tom Goldman Deputy Director, Funding Policy Unit, Department for Education

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09:30 - 10:30
Strategic Priorities for School Funding and the Future Funding Landscape

  • The impact of funding changes and having contingency plans in place          Different funding streams available and finding your fit – writing funding proposal
  •  Maximising the use of alternative funding streams based on your school’s priorities
  • Building a robust business plan in consideration of your budget
  • Ongoing concerns about the sustainability of the teacher pay-cap and staff retention
  • Key funding challenges facing schools across England
  • Challenges and opportunities for SEND funding
  • Priorities for deprived areas and coastal towns – how can funding formulas support additional funding for areas highlighted in the recent Social Mobility report

10:30 - 10:35
Closing Remarks


10:35 - 11:05
Networking and Refreshment Break


11:05 - 11:10
Opening Remarks


11:10 - 12:25
Revenue Raising and Efficiency in Schools – Best Practice for Making Budgets go Further and Realising Commercial Opportunities

  • Best practice for marketing your school
  • The role of the school business manager and aligning closely with the teaching and learning leadership team –ensuring financial arrangements and revenue raising drives meet school’s performance priorities
  • Maximising the commercial opportunities of your facilities and site
  • Sharing your specialist/knowledge capital services with other schools – the opportunities for shared services across maintained schools and MATs          Engaging parents and the local community, including partnering with local businesses and clubs
  • Writing successful funding proposals
  • Improving procurement practices and resource efficiency
  • To what extent is cost pressure forcing schools to hire inexperience staff over more experienced, better paid, teachers?

12:25 - 12:55
Developing a Sustainable School Funding Framework – The Sector’s Priorities


12:55 - 13:00




Tom Goldman Deputy Director, Funding Policy Unit, Department for Education

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Stephen Morales Chief Executive, Institute of School Business Leadership ISBL (Formerly known as NASBM)

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Central London

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