I led Huntington School from 2007 to 2021. During that time, school budgets were cut by 9% in real terms, the biggest reduction in 40 years. I wrote at length about how I managed the impact of the drop in funding in a way that minimised the impact upon both staff and students. And I have explained for new headteachers how to mange a school budget.

Despite the Chancellor’s largesse, the Autumn statement provided little financial relief for hard-pressed schools. As Vic Goddard points out, the current financial year’s budget black hole remains deep.

So, if school leaders are trying to decide where to make savings, they might find this simple funding cuts decision making matrix helpful.

I think it is self-explanatory, but if you want the paper that explains how to use it in detail, please contact me on jtomsett@hotmail.com.

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