Minister accuses schools of fiddling figures to balance budgets

Academies minister tells conference of school business managers ‘you are running businesses’

Schools are using inflated pupil-number projections to make their budgets for future years balance, a Department for Education minister has claimed.

Lord Agnew told the national conference of the Institute of School Business Leadership that this was a problem he saw “week in, week out”.

Speaking today, the minister, who oversees the academy system, said that school business managers were “really absolutely vital to the system, perhaps never more than now because of the funding pressures”.

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