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How can we organise our support staff structure in a cost-efficient way? We relay advice on this question from four of our associate education experts. We also include a case study from a school and a downloadable KeyDoc for calculating support staff salary costs.

This article relays advice from the Department for Education (DfE) review of efficiency in the school system.

Review of efficiency in the schools system, GOV.UK – DfE (Adobe pdf file)

It also includes advice from Tony Cook, David Roche, Nazli Hussein and Nina Siddall-Ward, four of our associate education experts with extensive experience of school leadership.  

Employ a good school business manager

DfE recommendation

The DfE document says on page 23 that one of the main internal drivers of efficiency is "access to financial management skills", explaining:

This review has highlighted the importance of having access to a highly skilled school business manager (SBM) and other senior leaders and governors with the skills to challenge and scrutinise expenditure.

Page 30 says that there is:

Page 16 of the review explains some of the ways that SBMs

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