Proving public benefit will be essential if you want to retain tax exemptions, write William Colacicchi and Mark Blois

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Nina Siddle explains how her school is working to improve the effectiveness of the governing body with respect to the new financial management standard for schools. read more

Ruth Bradbury provides some practical advice for how you can stay ahead of the game. read more

Sima Goldsmith considers the environmental and financial implications of the sustainable schools agenda read more

Government initiatives regarding financial management should be accompanied by more training and support, says Geri Skwarek

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Ruth Bradbury outlines the cost of staff absence to schools and explains how a range of practical measures can help staff to maintain a better attendance record for the benefit of themselves and the school.

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Ruth Bradbury outlines the things that all senior school finance managers need to know in order to contribute effectively to the running of their school

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Ross Midgley of the Crocus Early Years group offers some practical ideas for managing payments by voucher. read more

Nathan Archer, from the children’s house consultancy, guides you through the regulations relating to managing any money that you have raised from outside sources, and reminds you of the legalities surrounding local fundraising. read more

Sue Moores, headteacher of a secondary school in the Isle of Man, compares the island’s educational system with that of England and concludes that she won’t be moving back here! read more

Healthy meals for children, pristine premises and lovely grounds are within the grasp of every school, argues headteacher Mark Barnett

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In my own school, and I suspect in many others, each summer holiday sees the introduction of more and more ICT equipment. read more

I’ve been on maternity leave for over two months now, and although my hands are more than full most of the time with my beautiful baby daughter, I find myself occasionally considering what might be going on at work in my absence. read more

The cashless school will bring a dramatic range of benefits for students, parents and schools. read more

The Certificate of School Business Management is fast becoming an essential qualification for all school finance staff. But what is the course actually like from a delegate’s perspective? SFM asked a recent delegate to share her views

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The DfES has produced an extensive toolkit to support financial management in schools. read more

The closure of hundreds of schools across the country as a result of the recent Unison day of action over pensions can serve as a reminder of how essential support staff are for the day-to-day functioning of our schools. read more

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