Finance and HR working together 4th March, 2016 The school was aiming for a very significant deficit budget caused by declining pupil numbers, and a fundamental review of all budget lines was required. The existing staffing structure was no longer sustainable and a replacement for the vacant position of School Business Manager had yet to be appointed. Extensive on-site support for the Acting Headteacher and governing body was provided through the Finance and HR subscription services. The budget was reviewed in full and various new staffing structure options were costed and considered alongside other noted cost reductions. The most appropriate and affordable staffing structure was identified and the adjusted budget set. A full staffing adjustment process was followed, resulting in changes to leadership, teaching and support staff. Voluntary redundancy options were managed for the school and any remaining compulsory redundancy process supported by the school’s linked HR Consultant. Letters were drafted for those staff whose contracts were impacted by the change. In addition, the absence of an experienced School Business Manager was covered through the Direct Finance Support package. A qualified School Business Manager from the Schools Finance team was allocated to work at the school to ensure all day-to-day financial matters were handled, including an audit of the school’s financial procedures and practices. A manageable forecast budget, an appropriate, sustainable staffing structure and sound financial practices were all successfully achieved.