CIPFA and NASBM have worked in the past on providing support to SBM professionals and are now partnering to professionalise these roles to meet the new challenges by offering a Level Seven Postgraduate Certificate in school financial and operational leadership for Academy Trust Leaders.
This innovative programme of training provides a flexible blend of e-learning, workbooks and face-to-face sessions to enable those working in an academy to develop their skills. For more information on this event please go to this link: http://bit.ly/L7NEast17.
The programme provides a pathway for all roles within the finance or business management function in academies or MATs. It is ultimately designed to support professionals who aspire to be CFO/COOs of the future and may be starting their career progression from different points.
The course has been specifically designed to ensure that it provides a route to a professional accountancy qualification, should participants wish to pursue this in the future and receive exemptions on the CIPFA Professional Qualification or their chosen route of study.
The completion of the programme will also provide necessary evidence against an application for NASBM Fellowship. Successful participants will also be able to apply for CIPFA Affiliate membership.
This programme has been specifically designed to meet the standards as set out in the NASBM professional standards.
The course modules:
Foundation stage* Overview of Academy Finance
Accruals Accounting and the Accounts Direction (including ‘Dear Accounting Officer’ letters)
Layout of the Financial Statements and Annual Report
Overview of Financial Management (Planning, Monitoring and Control)
This stage is delivered through an online workbook and face-to-face training
* Those having completed the CIPFA/NASBM Level 4 qualification are exempt from the foundation stage
Intermediate stage Certificate in Financial Reporting in Academies – Delivered through e-learning and face-to-face training
Better Business Cases – Introduction** – Delivered through an online workbook
Education Funding** – Delivered through an online workbook
The Audit of Academies** – Delivered through an online workbook and face-to-face training
Procurement and Contract Management – Delivered through face-to-face training and written assessments
** Those having completed the CIPFA/NASBM Level 4 qualification are exempt from certain aspects of the intermediate stage
Practitioner stage Strategic Financial Planning (Curriculum-Led Funding), Costing and Finance Efficiency in Academies – Delivered through an online workbook and face-to-face training
Accountability, Assurance and Governance – Delivered through an online workbook and face-to-face training
Advanced Audit Requirements – Delivered through an online workbook and face-to-face training
Better Business Case Foundation – Delivered through e-learning and written assessment
The dates for the face to face sessions are:
assessment submission date 22/02/19
A delegate on a previous NASBM/CIPFA course said "Thank you for the fantastic administrative support and the superb quality of training and direction. The support provided was outstanding with excellent communication and materials, the training / learning was insightful and interesting." SBM in an Academy Trust