South West Finance Masterclass: The Education Landscape and Planning for its Future

Tuesday 16th October 2018 | Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter | 09:00 - 13:00

South West Finance Masterclass: The Education Landscape and Planning for its Future

Tuesday 16th October 2018 | Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter | 09:00 - 13:00

This masterclass will provide an overview of the current financial landscape within the education sector and the changes and challenges which lay ahead.

Focussing on finance, keynote sessions will inform delegates of the current state of education nationally and provide an update on the future of funding.

Delegates will also be able to attend one of three seminars discussing aspects such as: financial management; academisation and VAT. The seminars will provide practical advice and support enabling schools to be better equipped to make decisions amidst financial uncertainty.

With a mixture of expert keynote speakers and financial professionals, our masterclass will give schools an insight into some of the issues that should be addressed to ensure financial stability, allowing the future to be met with confidence.

Key Reasons to Attend

•   Update on the current state of education funding and how schools are dealing with the current financial climate
•   DfE update on future funding arrangements
•   Practical advice on how schools can improve budget planning
•   Hear from expert keynote speakers

Who Should Attend?

Maintained schools, academies and those schools investigating academy conversion:

Headteachers, Senior Leadership, Governors and Finance Staff within all phases of education

About Tom Clark

Tom was formerly Chief Executive of George Spencer Foundation School and Technology College in Nottingham during which time the school received three consecutive ‘outstanding' Ofsted reports.

For 3 years Tom was Associate Director of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and led on workforce-remodelling and helping to develop international school networks in Australia, The United States and Hong Kong.

Working with the DfE Tom published booklets on ‘study leave', ‘benchmarking and financial planning' and ‘workforce reform'.

For 6 years Tom was Chairman of FASNA and advised successive Secretaries of State on policy matters contributing to publications on governance and on effective financial management in schools

Tom was made a CBE in 2003.

About Debbie Clinton

Debbie is Acting Chief Executive of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership (‘DALP’) – a 3 to 19 academies’ partnership of two academy trusts (one multi and one sole) educating some 9000 students.  DALP is an approved DfE sponsor based in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. All of DALP’s established academies are judged to be ‘Good’ or better by Ofsted. Debbie joined DALP in August 2015.

Debbie is a former HMI and was, before that, the Principal of Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough – a high performing 11-19 converter academy judged outstanding by Ofsted in all S5 aspects (April 2013). Nunthorpe received much ministerial accolade and Debbie was invited to a Downing Street reception for ‘Inspirational Women’ in 2014 as a result of her work at Nunthorpe – now a Teaching School leading an innovative regional alliance of primary, secondary, special, HEI and PRU providers.

She has been a qualified teacher for over 30 years, working in a range of schools and organisations across a number of local authorities.  She has wide regional and national experience in leadership development and school to school improvement, and has supported national projects and conferences for the DfE, the Institute of Education (London) and Roehampton.

Debbie is Chair of the East Midlands CEO Forum and sits on Gov net’s Education Advisory Board.

Finally, Debbie is a former recent board member of FASNA – the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools National Association. In this capacity, she has worked with DfE teams in various guises including developing National Funding Formula and SEN/High Needs Funding for schools.

About the DFE

The ESFA brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.

ESFA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Education.

About Karl Murphy-Barnes

Karl Murphy-Barnes is the Lead for the Schools Finance Consultancy Team at Babcock LDP, overseeing a team responsible for supporting schools and academies within Devon, including financial advice and recovery. He has previously worked within education funding in local authorities; most recently for Hampshire County Council, where he developed the local funding formulae, worth £730 million, and produced budgets for 530 schools and academies. He has 19 years’ experience in assisting with budget planning within the public sector, including working alongside the education and adult care services within Norfolk County Council.

About Raymond Rimes

Raymond Rimes joined HM Customs & Excise (now HM Revenue & Customs) as a VAT Officer in 2004, after 13 years as a Director of a family business. He worked as a VAT Visiting Officer, Evasion Specialist, VAT Technical Trainer and Large & Complex Business VAT Specialist, and at various times managed Repayment Teams and VAT Intervention Teams. From 2013, he was the Senior VAT Consultant to Small & Medium Business Compliance covering the South and South-West of England. He recently left HM Revenue & Customs to lead Devon County Council’s Tax Compliance teams.

Conference Prices

Early bird price: £99+VAT (valid until 12th September 2018)
Full masterclass price: £119+VAT


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