How not to spend it – new DfE advice for skint schools

The Department for Education has unveiled a new strategy to help schools cut spending in areas such as photocopying, insurance and water bills. Tes reports.

News of the department’s new School Resource Management Strategy came as education secretary Damian Hinds failed to offer schools hope of new funding in an exclusive Tes interview.

How schools ‘can cut costs’

It said a nationwide network of 41 government-backed schools resource management advisers had already helped schools make savings, including:

  • £200,000 for one school by reviewing contracts for utilities and maintenance costs;
  • £55,000 in an academy trust that aligned the timings of the school day in all of its schools;
  • Identifying £40,000 of unused equipment in one school, which they have recommended selling;
  • 68 schools in the south-west of England set to save a combined £254,000 by finding a water supplier in one round of procurement, rather than individually;
  • Shoeburyness High School, in Southend, which saved £31,000 by switching to a better printing and photocopying deal.

Asked by Tes about the financial squeeze on schools and the government’s upcoming comprehensive spending review, Mr Hinds failed to give schools any hope that they will see a funding boost.

He said: “We always want to finds ways of helping and doing what at a Department for Education level it is possible to do, and an example of that is the school resource management approach.”

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