A beginner’s guide to the National Funding Formula for schools | Hello Mr Sparrow!

I was in a finance meeting last week and there was discussion around changes in the National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools. Although I was aware of the background and the criticisms of the original formula, I wasn’t up to speed with the latest changes and thought that many governors (and perhaps school leaders too) wouldn’t be either. So I hope the below helps; it’s a complex subject and I’d welcome any corrections/clarifications. Much of the below is a distillation of three long papers, which are linked to at the bottom and worth reading.

Background and context

The current NFF is the…

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Another brick… | aclerkselbow

Those of a certain age can finish that sentence themselves and will now have an earworm. The Elbow does not apologise for this because like a musical earworm the stuff you hear and stuff you read can invade your thoughts and chew away…which not always a good thing.

Earlier this week The Elbow was reading a blog about a leadership journey to outstanding. Whoo hoo whoop congrat-u-lations. Knowing from personal experience how hard it is to get to these lofty heights congratulations are offered by The Elbow unreservedly. Anyway, this leadership journey blog was amazing, and embedded in it was…

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Another brick… | aclerkselbow

Those of a certain age can finish that sentence themselves and will now have an earworm. The Elbow does not apologise for this because like a musical earworm the stuff you hear and stuff you read can invade your thoughts and chew away…which not always a good thing.

Earlier this week The Elbow was reading a blog about a leadership journey to outstanding. Whoo hoo whoop congrat-u-lations. Knowing from personal experience how hard it is to get to these lofty heights congratulations are offered by The Elbow unreservedly. Anyway, this leadership journey blog was amazing, and embedded in it was…

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The Resolution Revolution Pt 1 | aclerkselbow

New year resolutions usually begin in the New Year but The Elbow has decided to start hers early and so my friends shall you…nothing like being prepared now is there?

Resolution 1

Use the diary properly. That’s check at least two weeks in advance for meeting dates not a week because a week is too late. A week is always too late. Especially if your first meeting is in the first week of term…

Resolution 2

Chase up unanswered emails. This one works both ways. The Elbow includes those emails which have not been sent. So if you were expecting an email from your clerk and have not received…

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The Resolution Revolution Pt 1 | aclerkselbow

New year resolutions usually begin in the New Year but The Elbow has decided to start hers early and so my friends shall you…nothing like being prepared now is there?

Resolution 1

Use the diary properly. That’s check at least two weeks in advance for meeting dates not a week because a week is too late. A week is always too late. Especially if your first meeting is in the first week of term…

Resolution 2

Chase up unanswered emails. This one works both ways. The Elbow includes those emails which have not been sent. So if you were expecting an email from your clerk and have not received…

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Who governs our schools – collaboration and partnership to share knowledge | Tony Breslin

Tony Breslin explores the role of collaboration & partnership – both within and beyond the education sphere – in effective governance in schools & academies

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Monday, Monday | aclerkselbow

Gooood morning world it’s a brand new day…go on, once more with feeling! The Elbow woke up at silly o’clock in a mild panic yesterday as she realised there are x sets of minutes to type and x more to go this week and only y days to go before the end of term. There is a real need to do some prioritising and fortunately there was a long train journey ahead yesterday so lots of lists and creative stuff could be done and clarity found. The Elbow likes thinking on trains…

As is The Elbow’s habit a weird variety of questions popped into her head as she sat on the train pondering about…

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