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Schools are at breaking point as funding is not keeping up with the expenditure schools face. The government’s funding commitment for schools is not adequate and equates to a real-terms cut in education spending. The situation is critical for schools, so NAHT is campaigning to:

Lobby the government to provide sufficient funding for the education of all pupils 


  • Support the School Cuts campaign
  • Lobby for provision of accessible and available health, social care and other therapeutic services to support pupils' educational progress and attainment
  • Lobby for sufficient funding for the High Needs block
  • Lobby for sufficient funding to support pupils with SEND in all mainstream schools
  • Lobby for more funding for early years education; including specific funding to stabilise and protect the maintained nursery school sector
  • Support the Raise the Rate campaign to ensure sufficient funding for students in sixth form / FE / KS5 education
  • Maximise the funding for pupil premium for schools through auto enrolment
  • Press the government to provide appropriate support to schools for financial planning and resource management
  • Develop a better understanding of the unique challenges facing small schools and lobby the government to ensure their long-term sustainability
  • Lobby government to introduce the hard funding formula

Lobby to ensure that schools have sufficient funds to provide a safe environment for pupils and staff

  • Press for the phased removal of asbestos from the school estate
  • Lobby the DfE to secure sufficient capital funding and restoration of the school estate where required
  • Press the government to ensure that health and safety regulations maintain the highest standard of safety within schools
  • Lobby the DfE to support members to effectively manage the school estate

Mentors wanted for the pilot of ESFA's chief financial officer mentoring programme

​As part of the ongoing strategy of developing schools' capability for effective financial and resource management, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is running a pilot that offers identified school and academy chief financial officers (CFOs) a unique and cost-free opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge via a one-to-one mentoring programme. 

The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) has won the contract to deliver this CFO mentoring programme. Recruitment and training of mentors will take place between July and mid-September. The mentoring will commence in October. 

What will a mentor be expected to do?

The pilot will run for 12 months in total, with the first cohort of mentees starting in October 2021 and the second in January 2022.

It is expected that the CFO mentoring programme will require the mentor to carry out the following:

  • Desktop analysis and an initial visit to the CFO mentee at their school
  • An agreed number of regular mentoring meetings (virtual) - mentors are expected to provide a set number of hours of support (maximum of 24 hours in total) to a single mentee over four to six months each
  • Other project and ad-hoc activities (for example, reviewing reports, coaching on specific tasks, reviewing evidence of progress, etc.)

Mentors will be remunerated for undertaking the role of mentor.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 27 July.

For further details about requirements, role profile and key dates, visit ISBL's website.


First published 13 July 2021