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Find out about ways in which you can calculate curriculum department budgets, including by using a formula or by negotiation or bidding. You will also find case studies on methods used by teaching schools.

We spoke to the  Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) about methods schools could use to allocate funding to curriculum departments.

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We also discussed this with 3 of our associate education experts: Martin Owen, Terry Gillard, and Jonathan Block.

We relay their advice below.

Using a formula

An associate practitioner from ISBL explained that many secondary schools use a formula to allocate funding to school departments.

The number of pupils taking a subject is multiplied by the number of periods (or classes) of that subject to be taught over the time frame. The school can choose the time frame.

The results of these calculations show how many 'units' of

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