SWM Academy Consultancy
A helping hand and expert advice for Headteachers and school business leaders.
Supporting School Business Professionals
All successful schools and academies should have robust financial planning at the heart of their strategic development plan.
This has never been more important than in the current climate of budget funding cuts
A key to success is being mindful of the strategic direction of the school whilst maintaining the attention to detail and careful monitoring. I work with schools to manage their long-term aspirations, making them possible via vigorous scrutiny of day to day operations and processes.
The role of Finance Director / School Business Manager can be an isolated one, with very few having colleagues on the senior leadership team who have experience in financial budget planning.
What reassurance do Trustees have that your finance lead is fully supported and they haven't misused their position?
The Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) sets out the financial management, control and reporting requirements that apply to all academy trusts.
Compliance with the handbook is a condition of each trust's funding agreement.
Is your Academy Trust compliant?
If your school is considering becoming an academy, some areas Heads typically are concerned about often include:
the Head acting as Accounting Officer, what are the responsibilities and how are they fulfilled?
the impact of adhering to the Academy Financial Handbook
accruals accounting and the various ESFA returns
office staff capacity to cope with the changes, particularly if they do not come from an accounting background
Smaller schools may not have the resources to employ a full-time Business Manager or Finance Director.
Other schools may require additional capacity at certain times of the year or during the absence of key personnel.
New Finance Directors / School Business Managers often find the jargon used in education finance a minefield.
I offer a variety of financial services.
Sally Williams-McGlone F.ISBL F.Inst.A.M.
I hold qualifications entitling me to be a
Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leadership
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administrative Management
Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers
I am a specialist in School Business and Financial Management, with wide experience in academisation and setting up trusts. I have worked in both the primary and secondary education sectors for over 17 years in maintained, single academy trust and multi-academy trust settings. Prior to working in education, I had a successful career in banking.
As a member of the senior leadership team at an outstanding secondary school for much of my career in education, I contributed to whole school strategic planning. Indeed I was responsible for transforming the financial management of the school including running payroll in house for 175 members of staff. As well as being responsible for over 90 Associate staff, I led academy conversion, acted as Company Secretary, project managed two major builds, handled the aftermath of a substantial flood, led on administrative and HR management.
A consultant and accredited Specialist Leader of Education, I provide expert advice and support to new and existing maintained schools and academies in strategic financial planning, compliance with ESFA financial handbook, internal audit checks and bespoke support for academy conversion. I offer schools and academies general business management support either on an interim or regular basis, along with offering practical advice and support to schools tailored to their individual needs. As a qualified GDPR Practitioner I assist schools to become compliant with the new regulation.
As a member of the following organisations, I regularly attend national and local conferences, keeping abreast of issues affecting schools. I also subscribe to the DfE feed to ensure I have access to the latest initiatives:
Association of School and College Leaders
National Association of School Business Management
South Yorkshire School Business Leaders
Finance Director Forum
I will not "sell" products and services from other suppliers, however, if you are looking for a particular service or product I am happy to support you evaluate what will best suit the needs of your organisation.