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Reviewing staffing costs

Guidance to help governing boards ensure that the staffing structure supports strategic priorities, meets the needs of pupils and is financially sustainable.

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The recruitment and deployment of staff in schools and trusts is largely an operational activity carried out by leaders and business professionals. The governing board is responsible for ensuring that the staffing structure supports strategic priorities and meets the needs of pupils while remaining financially sustainable. This is a recognised characteristic of an efficient school or trust.

In practice, boards review staff deployment and costs when:

Detailed scrutiny of staffing deployment and costs is usually undertaken by a finance and resource committee. In multi academy trusts (MATs), the extent to which the academy committee (local governing body) is involved should be set out in the trust's scheme of delegation.

This page covers:

  • using data to evaluate your staffing costs
  • taking action in your context
  • resources that can help

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