School resource management: top 10 planning checks for Governors




School and academy governors can explore these questions to help schools manage their resources and money efficiently.



  1. 1. Staff pay as percentage of total expenditure

  2. 2. Average teacher cost

  3. 3. Pupil-to-teacher ratio (PTR)

  4. 4. Class sizes

  5. 5. Teacher contact ratio

  6. 6. Proportion of budget spent on the leadership team

  7. 7. 3 to 5 year budget projections

  8. 8. Spend per pupil for non-pay expenditure lines compared to similar schools

  9. 9. School improvement plan priorities and the relative cost of options

  10. 10. List of contracts with costs and renewal dates

Governors at schools and academies can use this information as a starting point to check if their school is managing resources and finances effectively.


Use these checks early in the annual budget planning cycle and when looking ahead at the 3 to 5 year position.


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