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Effective Communication between staff and pupils

Misunderstandings can happen in every situation, not just in education; you can say one thing, and someone will hear another. So how do you make sure you are communicating in a way that will engage your pupils in a positive manner?

Condition Improvement Fund: 2018/19

In previous years, the bidding round for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) has opened around October half term and closes just before Christmas. If you wait until the bidding window opens, it doesn’t leave much time for you to plan your project and write a successful bid. Why not start now?

If you are a standalone academy or a small multi-academy trust do you know how to apply for the funding? Do you know why you should apply for the funding?

If not, then read on, SAAF Education will answer everything.

School Funding Update - Selective School Expansion Fund (SSEF)

At the beginning of May, the education secretary, Damian Hinds announced that the government will be attempting to give parents a wider choice in finding the right school for their children by delegating funds to expanding grammar and faith schools.

With this, the Selective School Expansion Fund (SSEF) has been created, to allow existing selective schools to apply on the grounds that they prioritise admission to pupil premium children and create an outreach programme with local primary schools.

Related-Party transactions: What you need to know

By August 2019, all trusts have been told to clear any “related-party transactions” with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to make sure no trustee or committee member are abusing their position.

The Best Exam Answers

Marking has never been the most enjoyable part of the job but every now and again you come across a little gem that makes it all seem worth it. To provide a bit of humour and a break away from the seriousness, we have put together some of the best exam answers by children; we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Top tips for schools and academies that use FMS

The pressure is rising for school business managers. With school budgets getting constantly tighter, the last thing you need is long, outdated processes and complex software slowing you down. At SAAF Education, our main aim is to make your school finances simple and efficient, so we try to help out where ever possible.

If you're a school or academy that uses Capita SIMS FMS, then we have put together four of our top tips in a helpful infographic for you; feel free to save or download for future reference.

Generating Income and Cutting Costs

It’s no secret that schools, academies and trusts face an onslaught of challenges to balance their budgets. If it’s not a cut in funding, it’s an increase in costs. 

Even the most successful educational establishments in the country still have trouble facing the constant financial threats, so how do they manage to stay afloat and escape deficit?

Motivational Interviewing - Methods to a healthy mind

Dealing with children and young people with behavioural issues can be difficult. No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to force them to do something they don’t want to do. If they don’t want to change, they won’t.

Traditional behaviour and classroom management techniques can give you short term results, but when all of these have been exhausted what’s next?

How do you get the children who are damaging their futures, and distracting the children around them, to change?

The simple answer is, you can’t. A child must first realise this for themselves and make the conscious decision to change. After they have made this decision, you can support them to take action.

Teacher training entry requirements: Is three skills tests enough?

It is no secret that we are in a nationwide teacher shortage, but why is this? Are students no longer interested in following a career in teaching? Maybe they don’t think it will be fulfilling? Or, are the standards simply too high?

To amend this shortage, the entry requirements for teacher training have been reduced.

Dealing with the responsibilities of school budgeting

Managing your school’s finances can be a difficult task because you have to constantly juggle the routine tasks as well as taking on the bigger challenges. These everyday duties however, can take up a lot of your time and resources, which can affect your financial responsibilities.

Working with school business managers, we know that they do an excellent job regardless of size or school type, but we also know that everyone needs additional support at times. The tips below will hopefully assist you with the day to day financial responsibilities of your job.