“Improving efficiency is a critical challenge for all schools seeking to make the best use of their budgets to support pupil attainment. But there are significant variations in financial efficiency between similar schools, and in the ways in which individual governing bodies engage with financial and procurement issues.
The Department for Education is working to develop further advice and online tools that can help schools to optimise their financial resources and support their teaching and learning objectives. DfE recognises that governors and governing bodies have a crucial role – as well as a statutory responsibility – to help their schools to manage finances effectively and make the best-value spending decisions.
To make this online support as useful as possible, DfE wants to get a better and wider understanding of how governors and governing bodies are currently involved in improving efficiency in their schools. With the support of Modern Governor, DfE is now running a short online survey covering basic questions around efficient financial management and effective procurement. The hope is that as many governors as possible will be able to participate, to help the Department itself to be more efficient in supporting schools to manage their funding as effectively as possible.
The survey is open to all governors in any schools in England, and will be available online until Monday 30 April 2012. It should take around 5-10 minutes in total to complete. All responses will be anonymous. You can find the Governor Survey 2012 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DfEGovernorsSurvey12
For further information, please contact Julie Hull at the Department for Education