Finance Training Programmes for Academy Schools

A range of courses designed to enhance your expertise and support your understanding of finances within maintained and academy settings.

Please find below our current course list with quick links for you to select and book your place.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this course, or would like to know the next available date, please e-mail


External Funding

Course Overview

This half day course has been designed for Bursars and School Business Managers, to help support your understanding of the key skills required to access external funding and provide you with an insight into the grants that are available to schools. The purpose of the course is to provide you with advice for writing successful funding applications and the pitfalls to avoid. You will also have guidance on current grants available to schools and have the opportunity to work with others on the course.

Benefits of attending this course

  • Reviewing your school’s planning cycle
  • Identifying the benefits of having a fundraising strategy
  • Developing good applications for funding and the errors to avoid
  • Identifying sources of funding

Programme Headlines

  • 3-hour/half day course
  • Focus on what external funding is available and how to secure it
  • Directed at Academy Bursars/Business Managers


Academy Finance Workshop

8 July 2020 - 20T/15310 - Via Webinar 

Course Overview

Please note this workshop is only available to academies that purchased Finance ASLA with Strictly Education 4S. There is an HR presentation that will follow the Finance session and which must be booked separately (Academy HR Briefing).

This is a Briefing style session giving the latest updates and information affecting the finances in Academy schools. It also provides a networking opportunity for finance staff to meet Strictly Education 4S Finance Consultants and school colleagues to consider new initiatives and share ideas and good practice.

Benefits of attending this course

  • Latest issues relating to school finance
  • Opportunity to share ideas and discuss concerns with colleagues from other schools and Strictly Education 4S Finance Consultants

Programme Headlines

  • One day course
  • Directed at Academy Bursars/Business Managers



The BACS training will walk you through the process and provde you with all the paperwork required and ensure you have appropriate internal controls for BACS processing.

PLEASE NOTE that the training is for maintained schools and academies using SIMS FMS.

This training is provided on site, on a one-to-one basis.

This on-site training is directed at School Business Manager and would involve a 2 hour training session.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this training, or would like to arrange a training date, please e-mail

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