Matthew is a partner at RSM.
26 November 2019
This week's university strikes have once again put the spotlight on the financial pressures facing the UK's higher education sector. The latest report from the Office for Students (OfS) has revealed that 71 higher education institutions are now subject to enhanced monitoring requirements amid concerns around their financial viability and sustainability.
09 July 2019
Independent schools are facing a time of significant financial challenge. Ensure that your school is looking at the right governance issues and take our quick self-assessment to see what you need to be focusing on.
09 October 2017
Our Board assurance toolkit for independent schools includes a governor’s assurance arrangement preparedness assessment, which will provide a good measure of the progress being made, as well as highlighting the areas that need to be developed further within your school.
13 February 2017
If you are managing the sale or acquisition of a business or property there are some important questions to ask yourself in order to minimise your environmental liabilities and costs.
17 January 2017
In this article we've identified the key components that will create a more dynamic environment for risk management. This will help improve your academy's risk maturity and outlook.
15 December 2016
Effective and accessible policies and procedures form an important part of good governance but how does an organisation know its policies are being read, understood and complied with?
Within an independent school the responsibility for managing risk rests with the Board of Governors. Should a risk materialise such as breakdown in safeguarding or financial mismanagement, there is no doubt that questions will be raised regarding the
governance and risk management processes. The responsibility of the Governors is to seek assurance that all principal risks are managed effectively.
Whether you are driven by the desire to obtain more value from your Governors meetings or improve your existing risk management then you should make sure you undertake a review of your strategic risks.
In order for your school to operate effectively you need to start with the right skills on your Board. When did you last undertake a skills audit of the Board? Do you have the right people to meet the school’s current and future challenges? How effective is the Board in meeting its objectives?