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Be upfront about budget cuts

When the time comes to tighten your school’s belt, it’s important to keep staff in the loop, says Julia Vincent

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Every year since I have been headteacher of my current school, we have reached this point in the calendar and projected a budget deficit for the following year. But each year, we have somehow avoided it by scrambling enough funds by the summer to carry forward more than expected.

However, this year, I am pretty certain that a last-minute reprieve won’t come. We have already had a visit from representatives of our local authority’s financial services department, who asked the usual questions about size of our senior team, the number of promoted posts and the percentage of budget spent on ...

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