Value For Money

A high-performing large primary school in Kent wanted advice on how it could improve its management of resources.

The M2M School Business Management Consultant worked with the head teacher looking at the schools staffing structure & skills set.  The school had put considerable efforts in developing all the staff across the whole school and the school was now in a position to review the distribution of responsibilities.  This allowed other staff the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities, enhancing their career & professional development further.   Subsequently this enabled the senior leadership team to channel and focus their efforts in areas where their input was most effective.

The consultant was very informed and experienced and tailored the day very well to suit my needs. She also guided me as to where I could source other forms of support and advice as well. It proved to be very worthwhile and informative. I certainly feel better placed to tackle some of the issues we identified. Thank you. 

Excellent Guidance

An Infant School in Kent which has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted requested a Value for Money Efficiency Review to assist them to address how staff skills sets could be working collaboratively to help tackle the school’s challenges.

The M2M School Business Management Consultant worked with the school leadership team to examine staff responsibilities and recommended a thorough review to ensure that staffing was put onto a sustainable footing.

A key part of this review was helping the school to look more in depth at the skills sets it already had in assisting the Headteacher with financial and strategic management.  The review highlighted within this area the school would gain from professional help in the form of a School Business Manager. This would strengthen a recommendation around the school establishing a clear five year budget to support its school improvement plan, with regular monitoring/reviewing to be put in place.

A number of ideas were explored, from a straightforward loaning/sharing of a business manager on a part-time basis from another local primary school to buying in Business Management Services on a monthly project basis.

The Day’s advice and guidance was excellent and the consultant was very knowledgeable, realistic and had lots of experience to pull on. I got lots of useful ideas and advice which we have already started to implement along with some additional time-saving tips. 

Immense Depth of Knowledge

Prior to Allison becoming an Independent Business Management Consultant, Allison worked with me as my Business Manager for 8 years. She has immense depth of knowledge and experience of Business Management across all areas including academy conversion and her work is always of a very high standard.
Allison designed and implemented robust finance policies and procedures and supported the Governing Body and myself in meeting the requirements of an Academy.
On the leadership team, she contributed to the overall high quality of education we provide in so many ways including, securing additional funding, developing and managing large building projects, restructuring the academy administration and business support services, securing best value in resources and services and ensuring that we achieved high standards in health & safety.
She enabled me as Head to focus on the challenges of providing high quality teaching and learning because I could rely on her absolutely to lead the Business of the school.
Allison’s outstanding success rate of securing additional funds for the academy via Capital Improvement Bids, Lottery and Charity Trust Funding has totalled hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years and has ultimately improved our academy resources provision, buildings and grounds.
Since Allison set up as an Independent Consultant Trading as M2M School Business Management I have employed her to carry out various bespoke services, such as; Financial Monitoring Reviews, Service Contract Reviews, Project Management, Bespoke Policy writing & Grant/Bid Writing.
I have been delighted with the bespoke services she is providing including; once again this year in securing 2 further Capital bids. I would without hesitation recommend her services to others.

Mrs L Osborne – Principal at Pickhurst Infant Academy (2015)

Help and Support

A Headteacher in Kent said

Thank you for all you help and support with our appointment – I really enjoyed working with you. Can you also help us with her Induction? 

A Bromley Headteacher said

Thank you so much for your very valued experience, time and dedication in finding us our Business Manager. 

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