New management advisers introduced to support schools in maximising their resources and budgets

    Published: 19 October 2018

    Herts for Learning (HfL) has successfully won a DfE bid to deliver additional support to schools across the South East to help maximise their resources and budgets.

    Herts for Learning will be providing 20 School Resource Management Advisers (SRMAs) to work with schools across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the London boroughs. HfL are one of just nine providers across the country that have been awarded a contract to deliver this highly specialist service.

    Over the course of the last academic year, the Department for Education, piloted the use of SRMAs through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), with support from the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL).

    Support provided by SMRAs was well received by the schools and trusts in the pilot, who saw the real value of this service. As a result, the DfE have expanded this initiative and are now rolling this service out more widely with the recruitment of a total of 160 SRMAs across the country to meet current and future demand.

    Natalie Dalvarez, Business Services Deputy Director at Herts for Learning, said:

    “We are delighted that Herts for Learning is in a position to provide further support to schools that need it most. The award of this contract is testament to our role as experts in school improvement.
    “Our highly experienced and accredited SRMAs will be working collaboratively with schools to disseminate best practice and identify ways to make more effective use of resources, helping them to get to where they need to be.  We are keen to work together with the other providers to contribute to improved outcomes for children across the country.”

    Since January, SRMAs have provided impartial, expert business advice to schools and academy trusts. This includes how to make best use of their revenue and capital resources to deliver educational outcomes and contribute to whole-school improvement. Schools/trusts across the country that will benefit the most will be prioritised for support from the expanded SRMAs.

    To deliver this contract Herts for Learning will be looking to recuit additional staff in specific regions. Consultants will be required to undertake HfL’s rigorous selection and training process and successfully complete a two-day accreditation. If you are interested in working with us on this initiative please contact Donia Knott, School Business Engagement Manager, by email:, or telephone: 01438 845529.

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