DfE troubleshooters to give struggling schools ‘financial therapy’

The government is sending troubleshooters into hard-pressed schools from next month in a bid to provide urgent “financial therapy”, Tes understands.

Dozens of £400-a-day “school efficiency advisers” are being recruited by the Department for Education, and will be sent into schools from January as part of a pilot. The advisors are all school business managers drawn from the ranks of the Institute for Business Leadership (ISBL) fellows – and will be funded by the DfE.

They are expected to provide schools with tailored advice on how they can use their resources as effectively as possible.

The names of the schools selected to have the support, along with the criteria for choosing them, have not yet been disclosed.

Tes understands that the DfE wants to prevent schools from being issued with a financial notice to improve by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

To date, 71 ISBL fellows have attended induction days and will go through an accreditation process, according to Bethan Cullen, the institute’s commercial and business development director.

The first accreditation panel, aimed at assuring DfE officials that the advisors will be up to the task, is set to take place this week. If the pilot is successful, the advisors could be given a longer-term role from September 2018.

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