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Great ideas come in small packages

The ‘all or nothing’ circumstances of Julie Kelly’s small school have taught her lessons about budget management that could benefit all school leaders

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All schools are under pressure to deliver maximum results on increasingly shrinking budgets, but when there are only two pupils in a year group, it throws the pressure to achieve into stark relief.

In a year group that size, there are only three possible outcomes for how many pupils achieve above the threshold: 100 per cent, 50 per cent, or none at all.

I am the headteacher of a small school in rural Hampshire, where two-pupil year groups can be a reality. Working in these “all or nothing” circumstances has taught me important lessons about how to make the most of minimal resources.

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