Posted on September 10, 2014 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
In any profession it is important to scan areas tangential to your own – see what is on the horizon, develop your learning. So this week rather than talk about the things you need to do now, I thought I would bring to your attention a couple of things that I found interesting.
Concerns for the Coming Year:
Research amongst Academy Finance Directors suggests that the five areas that concern them most about the coming year are:
- Difficulties in creating medium term development plans for teaching and learning in their academies when there is uncertainty around per pupil funding
- Being able to secure capital resources to meet future pupil accommodation needs at their academy
- How to create shared service teams (back offices) to support and advise a number of individual academy schools
- The importance of presenting financial information in a readily accessible format; as we have seen in the latest Handbook, public scrutiny and transparency are key drivers
- The recruitment and retention within the Academy of good finance staff, particularly an issue in areas where the labour market is improving and competition from within and outside the sector pushes up salaries
Whilst the research was conducted amongst Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), many academies and schools within the maintained sectors are likely to share these concerns. How will you address the needs within your establishment?
For further information about the research visit click here.
Bring Your Own Device
I learnt a new acronym today – BYOD. Maybe it says something about my technology prowess that I hadn’t heard of it sooner (I understand it was first used by Intel in 2009) – but with the new Computing Curriculum and the costs of keeping technology up to date, allowing staff and pupils to ‘Bring Your Own Device’ has a certain appeal.
Whether it’s a computer, tablet or phone proponents suggest that amongst the advantages are:
- Using devices that pupils and staff are familiar with helps to promote wider digital literacy
- Personal devices are more likely to be upgraded and keep pace with change
- Money freed up in school budgets can be used to support the wider curriculum needs of all pupils and ensure that less affluent pupils can be provided with the latest technology
- Sharing knowledge between devices supports pupil to pupil and pupil to teacher collaboration
There are though counter claims and concerns about e-safety – and this is clearly an area where there will be further debate both within the sector and within individual schools. However, as you prepare 3 or 5 year plans this is clearly an area that must be considered.
At School Business Services our ICT Team not only help with maintaining infrastructure, but they have also developed a programme to assist schools in thinking about delivery of the new Computing Curriculum and maintaining E-Safety. Support can be provided in Scratch, Lego WeDo, Kodu and Appshed programmimg; the use of online tools to promote collaboration and eSafety training. Call us on 0845 300 8179 or follow us on Twitter @SBS_ICT
If you want to know more about the impact of the Computing Curriculum in schools click the following links:
Primary Schools: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/data/uploads/CASPrimaryComputing.pdf
Secondary Schools: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/data/uploads/cas_secondary.pdf
And remember, the first time you heard the acronym ILANAT ( I Learnt A New Acronym Today) was today!
Posted on September 5, 2014 by Richard Page in SBS Online.
Latest news We had a number of projects on the go during the summer break; we have been working hard on our website as well as SBS Online developments. August saw us deliver one significant item which we hope will be of immediate benefit to you – ‘improved salary statements’. The improvements include: The ability […]
Posted on September 4, 2014 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Welcome to our shiny new ICT blog from us nice people at School Business Services. We want to share new and timely information with our readers and schools and we hope you will find some nuggets of useful information to take back to your schools or college, and be able to push out the info we […]
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
The August bank holiday is behind us, the new school year is a matter of days away. With the new academic year comes a new Academies Financial Handbook – effective from 1 September. In this week’s blog we will reflect on the key changes introduced. But First – What’s in the EFA Planner for September […]
Posted on August 4, 2014 by Richard Page in SBS Online.
There were two releases in July – early and late. The first release introduced a button which allows users to automatically increment salary scales on any given contract. Upon pressing the button, the system will automatically apply subsequent scale point rises year on year for either (whichever earliest) the duration of the contract, duration of […]
Posted on August 4, 2014 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
A short blog this week – it’s a quiet month for many. Either time to re-charge the batteries or finish those jobs that were put off during the term. From The EFA Whilst many of us enjoy a short break – I will be having a week off next week – Deloitte will be […]
Posted on July 23, 2014 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
Whilst many academies and schools have finished, with pupils enjoying the summer weather, there are still a few things for School Business Managers to tidy up before they head off on holiday. In this weeks blog we consider these areas. Returns & Forecasts The deadline for most academies to complete their budget forecast is […]
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
Boys and girls go out to play, the sooner the better the teachers say. Parents like to have a say and collect the children at the end of the day. Business manager’s tell the head nay and chase those parents who forget to pay. The EFA and Ofsted will have their way, but we’re on […]
Posted on July 11, 2014 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
A short blog this week. With the Tour de France passing through my home town – yes I’m based in sunny Yorkshire! – there has not been too much time for blogging. As the title to this blog suggesting, managing the school’s finances is a major achievement. In the last blog we outlined the timing […]
Posted on July 2, 2014 by Richard Page in SBS Online.
We released a new type of reporting code – Cost Centres. In many ways Cost Centres are similar to Analysis Tags, as they are independent of both your budget codes and the financial reporting codes. They can be assigned to both your budget entries and your service terms (for which you can assign three separate […]