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Using Integrated curriculum and financial planning (ICFP)


At a glance

This bitesize module is intended to demystify ICFP by providing an introductory overview.

You will cover:

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
Study time

15 minutes

Certificate upon completion

Module description

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.

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

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    • “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.”


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    • “A good balance of information and interactive questioning”


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      Who developed this module?

      Paul Aber
      Paul Aber

      Head of Training Development

      Paul leads and manages NGA’s face-to-face training, e-learning and development programmes. This includes recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers. Paul has many years’ experience of governance, including in maintained schools and academy trusts.

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