Who would want to be a headteacher. Budgets and initiatives arrive in each post with immediate implementation, targets and follow up reports and inspections.
Early December 2009 the DCSF insisted they wanted schools to save £500m on their heating and lighting budget. OK no one saw the freeze coming -especially so inappropriately close to the Copenhagen Global warming summit. So headteacher if you failed to save on the school’s heating budget or maybe sent the kids home this week in desperation don’t worry there’s a new scheme to remove your dosh. If you have been prudent and saved on your overall teaching resources budget Ed Balls and his merry DCSF team want this back as well.
Crazy world but the only way to save your budget is to spend quickly. Next April when the allocation arrives spent it all by April 7th. Goodness knows what could happen in May and the elections. Rest assured you will be completely wrong, judged an idiot and harangued but you can only be hung once as the saying goes. They won’t be able to reclaim underspend or overspend back and you should have a free year ahead. Save £5 in the budget to buy a rubber stamp and mark all reports or spreadsheets with the words “Spent, Empty and All gone” in your reports. Should free up a colossal amount of time to what you do best …..teach. Good luck.