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Keeping the budget on track is a tough ask if you’re new to headship so it’s crucial to ensure that you remain focused on positive outcomes for pupils, says Simon Smith

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“So, tell me how are you going to get the best value for money for our school? How are you going to ensure we get the best impact from our budget?”

Sweating in my smartest suit and my shiniest shoes, I bluffed my way to a response, answering the question really badly. The interview panel looked suitably unimpressed by my meagre understanding of school budgets. As I left the interview, it was all I could think about: I thought I had completely messed it up.

Now, three years on, having miraculously got the job as headteacher, my answer would certainly be very different. But back then, the ...

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