When the pennies don’t add up. Creative ways to manage your budget, facilities and staff

Stephen Mitchell, chief operating officer, Spencer Academies Trust

School leaders have little room to manoeuvre as budgets become tighter. Evidencing the impact of additional funding is taking centre stage and staffing continues to present challenges. New skills and new ways of thinking are required to manage staff, maintain buildings, ensure efficiency and generate the revenue to needed to mitigate the impact of cuts on staff and students.

Take hoome points:
  • Tracking finances and promoting good financial health.
  • Creative ways to manage your budget, facilities and staff.
  • Latest thinking on long-term financial planning.
  • Demo of a successful financial management model.
This session is for:
Those who have responsibility for, or an interest in, financial health in schools.

Stephen is the COO of Spencer Academies Trust, which has 16 schools across both primary and secondary – and a budget of £90m. His MBA focused on improving the quality of management in schools, identifying five key traits which lead to success, and he uses this work to good effect in his delivery of training programmes for the World Bank, UN, EU and in 17 countries.