School Business Support is provided to all maintained schools through the Education Business Effectiveness Service (EBE Service) which is a non-statutory service within the borough’s Education Directorate. We aim to provide advice, guidance, and training to business professionals within schools, to support best practice and continued professional development in order to increase the financial sustainability of maintained schools in Waltham Forest to protect education standards for the children and young people they serve.
It is increasingly important that schools ensure that they have strong strategic business management and administration to ensure that they meet their key statutory duties in regard to finance, procurement, human resources, health and safety and premises management. The majority of schools now have School Business Managers (SBMs) who oversee these areas, and others such as infrastructure and marketing.
The Education Business Effectiveness Service provides free support to all maintained schools, including regular WF SBM Network meetings through which we encourage school business professionals to support each other and share best practice; support schools’ financial management by linking to other council services; provide first line support for finance management software and key subscriptions; deliver Action Groups to support maintained schools with challenging financial positions, including falling reserves or deficit budgets.
This free support includes:
The inaugural meeting will be held on Tuesday 3 October 2023. If you are a new School Business Manager and would like to join, please email email@example.com with contact details and we will send an invitation.
School subscription to the ACCESS Education Budgets software, which is an online school budgeting tool used collectively by all maintained schools within the borough offering the following benefits:
Monday-Friday 9-5pm access to a central school support platform for SBMs, school leaders and other business administration colleagues as the first point of contact and offering the followings benefits:
Starting from September 2023 each maintained school will have a named EBE School Support Officer allocated to them as a first point of contact to escalate any unresolved business management queries, offering the following benefits:
In order to support Governing Bodies and Headteachers in leading and managing financial stability across the school the following is provided on an annual basis:
The EBE Service also manages the Schools Facing Financial Challenge programme which supports maintained schools with falling reserves or deficit budgets. This programme aims to protect the standards of education for all children and young people in Waltham by supporting the school achieve financial stability and viability. This service offers two tiers of support:
Schools who are concerned by their current financial situation are encouraged to contact Gurpreet Kataora – Head of School Business Support or Lindsay Jackson, Assistant Director Post 16 and School Operations as early as possible for support.
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