Independent schools insights

Independent schools insights

Here our experienced education team provide a useful source of insight into recent developments and issues affecting the independent school sector and best practice advice to empower your school to meet future challenges head-on.

For further information on any of the below topics please contact Nick Sladden, Head of Charities and Independent Schools.

independent schools reserves

Reserving the future | Financial policies in independent schools

Reserves are much more than a statement about the financial health of your school. A robust reserves position will send a clear message to parents and other stakeholders that you are well-led, well-managed and well-run.  

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End of term report

End of term report - Spring 2018

Welcome to the Spring End of Term Report. As schools get ready for summer term, they must also prepare for the upcoming deadlines for two new areas of compliance.

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End of term report - Summer 2017

End of term report - Summer 2017

In this edition, we look at setting and driving your school’s strategy, implementing social media policies, people risks, working internationally and much more.

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End of term report - Autumn 2016

End of term report - Autumn 2016

In this edition, we look at the end of P11D dispensations, mind the gender pay gap, the apprenticeship levy, salary sacrifices arrangement and the importance of risk management and board assurance.

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Charity fraud and bribery resilience review

Fraud and bribery resilience review

Are you confident that you have the appropriate assurance processes in place to see if fraud is occurring in your independent school? To help you assess the effectiveness of your current processes we have developed a new service.

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BAF for Independent schools

Board assurance: a toolkit for independent schools

As further uncertainties and opportunities present themselves in the independent schools sector, it is vital that your governors ensure your school’s governance and risk management arrangements are sufficiently robust to cope. 

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End of term report

End of term report – Autumn 2017

In this End of Term Report, we look at two staff cost areas for schools to consider.

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Independent schools - Spring end of term report

End of term report - Spring 2017

In this edition, we look at the essentials of risk management, changing role of the finance function, the expectations of governors, means tested bursaries and the role of audit and finance committees.

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Charity audit and finance committee effectiveness

Audit and finance committee effectiveness

Our technical handbook aims to help schools set up effective audit committees and turn all lights green. This practical tool will serve as a helpful reference point, even for schools that have good governance.

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Charity governance 2020

Charity governance 2020

Raising from average to good, to outstanding, raising the standards of delivery and outcomes. This guide highlights common problems and suggests practical solutions for charities and schools.

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