Overcoming financial pressures and budgetary uncertainty

Paul Leigh, chief financial officer, Focus Trust

The school budget can seem an untameable beast; effective financial management is key to ensuring that your school or academy stays under control. In this session Paul Leigh, chief financial officer at Focus Trust, looks at the abundance of information available to help you – sign-posting the best resources available to you.

Paul will cast a positive spotlight on school finances – looking at things differently and reconsidering priorities and choices – as well as exploring the alternative resources at your disposal, such as local businesses. This session is all about providing alternatives.

Take home points:
  • sign-posting key information and resources available to you;
  • procurement and efficiency savings;
  • offering insight into positive ways of looking at school finances and assets;
  • tried and tested examples that Paul has undertaken and implemented.
This session is for:
SBMs in schools and academies who are looking for helpful and innovative school finance information and resources, as well as practical advice on how to bolster school coffers.

Paul Leigh is a chartered accountant and works as chief financial officer with Focus Trust. He started his career in public practice but has worked in education for a number of years. Paul is a champion of the role that finance can play in supporting school leaders to deliver the highest standard of education.