Frequently asked questions

Please find below some of the frequently asked questions we have from different school stakeholders about our work and our approach

FAQs

Headteacher

Question

How do I make sure that I can achieve the school's strategic aims in a way that doesn't upset my culture?

Our answer

We ensure that we get to know you, your stakeholders and what makes your school special, so that any financial decisions made are reflective of what you stand for and support rather than go against your ethos

Finance

Question

My business model is getting increasingly expensive at a time when there is pressure to keep fees low- how can you help with that?

Our answer

We use the benchmarking data to understand your position against peers and where the less comfortable areas of cost are.  This allows us to focus in the right places and analyse what things can change which give you are more successful and financial viable model

Human Resource

Question

My teachers don't trust you to to conduct a pay review- they are sure you are coming in to cut costs

Our answer

We do our best to reassure teachers that we are on the side of fairness- we all have the common goal of being in a successful and happy school, and so any change must bring teachers on the journey and be understood to be completely fair and transparent

Board of Directors/Governors

Question

We are not sure whether our strategic objectives are supported by our current business model or by our stakeholders- how can you help?

Our answer

We will discuss your strategic plans with you and then use a combination of surveys and interviews to answer all of your strategic questions.  We can then help you to focus your resources into the right areas and within an affordable framework to set a timeline of objectives which reflect your original plans.

Personal Assistants

Question

You are coming in to conduct a pay review, but how so I know who to put you infront of to make sure you get the best from your interviews?

Common problems

We will supply you with a template agenda for the two days and our suggestions of the types of teachers, senior management team members and governors we need to see to get a representative view from your stakeholders of the key issues the school needs our help with.

Teacher

Question

How do I know I can trust you to conduct a pay review fairly?

Our answer

If the system we put in place doesn't address your valid views, it simply won't work, and a pay system that doesn't work won't incentivise best practice from teachers which will impact the offering. Our approach ensures that you feel heard.  The data cuts through all perceptions on pay levels, shape and fairness of pay across roles, and our interviews with you get underneath the aspects of the system which might feel culturally unfair.  By combining sector leading data with an understanding of the culture, we can guarantee as system which is culturally and financially sustainable, and truly supports strategic aims.

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