Governors, in maintained schools and academies, are responsible for "overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent", a duty which comes from statutory regulations and is reflected in the DfE Governors' Handbook. This section provides articles and guidance relating to how governors discharge this vital aspect of their role.

  • Internal Scrutiny (Recorded March 2022)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the topic of Internal Scrutiny and its role in academy trusts. We focused on the statutory nature of the process, the involvement and role of trust boards, and how Internal Scrutiny should provide assurance that the trust's financial and non-financial controls, together with its management of risk, are operating effectively and contributing to the strategic oversight of the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2022

  • SFVS (Recorded January 2022)

    This webinar focused on the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS), the maintained schools' annual financial self-evaluation activity, which statutorily must be completed by 31st March each year and submitted to the local authority. We explored the standard, including the supporting materials and resources that aid governor completion.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2022

  • School Financial Value Standard 2021 – exploring the role of governance Podcast

    This podcast features a focussed conversation between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn, on the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) for 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Introduction to School Finance (Recorded February 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the role and responsibilities, of those involved in school governance, specifically relating to school finance. We focused on the statutory responsibilities for finance, current DfE expectations and ensure governors understand their strategic oversight. The webinar is appropriate to all those involved in governance in maintained schools and academies.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • SFVS (Recorded January 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS), as it is structured for 2021. The 2021 completed SFVS must be submitted to the relevant Local Authority in March 2021. We focused on the role of governance in maintained schools, where SFVS is statutory, looking in detail at the expectations of governor participation and ownership of the vital financial self-evaluation tool.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Introduction to School Finance Webinar (August 2020)

    This webinar was aimed at governors in maintained schools. We focused on the third core function of governance; 'overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.' The webinar introduced attendees to the process of budget planning within education and explore how this forms the back drop to governor monitoring of school financial performance. Accountability is driven by questioning from governance in all schools and we will look at the sort of finance questions governors should ask of their schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Financial Benchmarking Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the importance of financial benchmarking within the role and responsibilities of governance in both maintained schools and academies. We reference the Governance Competency Framework and the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook. The webinar explores the substance of effective benchmarking and where those involved in governance should expect schools to source benchmarking data and the expectations of its usage.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • DfE Funding of teachers’ pension employers’ contribution increases

    DfE clarifies funding of teachers’ pension employers’ contribution increases from September 2019-March 2020

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2019

  • Teachers Pay 2019-2020 – what governors need to know

    School teachers pay in maintained schools is set to increase by 2.7% for 2019-2020.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2019



Radicalisation and Activism - the role of governance - Thursday 9th June - 12.00

This Better Governor webinar will explore the statutory role of governance in ensuring that children and young people in our schools are protected from radicalisation, in all its current forms. We will also focus on the increase in activism and how this sits within the overall framework of safeguarding responsibilities of schools.