Study time: 15 minutes

Governing boards need to ensure that pupils can make the most of their time at school by optimising resources to deliver strong outcomes through a suitable curriculum. Done well this can support the achievement of an ambitious vision and better life chances for all pupils. Done poorly it can result in unrealistic expectations, a failed vision and insolvency. A key optimisation tool is integrated curriculum and financial planning (ICFP) and there is increased emphasis on its use by DfE.

This bitesize module is intended to demystify ICFP by providing an introductory exploration of:

  • What ICFP is
  • How to get your school or trust to use ICFP
  • How ICFP can help those governing to fulfil their financial oversight role
  • How it can be used by those governing and leading schools and trusts to feel confident in knowing that they are making the most of what they’ve got for their pupils

If your school is subscribed to Learning Link, you can find this module in the ‘Learning’ section of your account, under the ‘Best use of resources’ category.

100% of users who have completed the module would recommend it to fellow governors.

93% of users who have completed the module say that it will help improve their governance practice. 

What our learners say:

“A very thorough module. I liked the comprehensive links to further resources”

“The course provided a good overview of ICFP. I particularly liked the practical examples of how the tool was used in primary and secondary schools.”

“A good balance of information and interactive questioning”

Our subject matter expertise

The content of this module has been written by our in-house subject matter expert:

Paul Aber – Head of Training Development

Paul AberPaul leads and manages NGA’s face to face training, e-learning and funded development programmes for schools and academies.  This includes working alongside NGA's Head of Consultancy recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers.

Prior to joining NGA, Paul was centre director at the University of Law in York where his role included strategic planning and quality assurance.

Paul has many years’ experience of governance including maintained schools and academy trusts.

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