The National Academies Finance Conference 2019 will offer the latest policy updates and leading professional development in assessing the next steps in enhancing financial management across the academies sector.

Delegates will hear from DfE and ESFA experts, as well as leading practitioners, as they explore how to support high quality efficiency outcomes, the role of financial leaders in improving risk management, key updates in improving procurement and commercial arrangements and how all academies can drive financial transformation to deliver outstanding provision for pupils.

Reasons to Attend

national updates on the funding and financial landscape for academies

the components of outstanding financial management within an academy

practical insights in overcoming cost pressures and tackling deficits

the next steps in driving value for money and improving efficiency outcomes

the role of high-quality financial planning and budgeting in enhancing provision

how to support robust financial controls and risk management within a trust

strategies for supporting income generation and developing commercial opportunities

and share best practice with financial leaders from across the academies sector

This Conference is specifically designed for Primary and Secondary Academies.

Typical job titles will include:


  • Chief Executives
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Directors of Finance
  • Finance Directors
  • Heads of Finance
  • School Business Managers
  • Headteachers
  • Principals
  • Accounting Officers
  • Trustees
  • Governors

*This Conference is also open to the wider Education Sector, as well as the private sector to encourage networking and debate.

Key Themes


"The Conference is an ideal platform for gaining useful information."

Clapton Girls' Academy

"A day packed with excellent speakers delivering current and relevant matters."

Consilium Academies

"Attending as a Governor, Chair of Resources & Management Committee, I found the content very valuable. Presentations well prepared, with good visuals/digital downloads. Venue and Catering were also very good."

Enfield Grammar School

"My colleague and I found this event very informative on the current financial challenges that we face in education and the speakers were very relevant to the work we undertake at MAT level. The venue was excellent, it was extremely well organised and I will definitely be attending again next year."

Learning Academies Trust

"Excellent event, gave me reassurance that we are not alone and most people are in the same boat. Some useful ideas to take away and think about."

President Kennedy School Academy

"Because of the pressures of my role, I often find begrudging taking a day out when some content is actually irrelevant. I was fully engaged with the speakers and came away having made lots of notes for future improvement in our Trust."

Reigate School

"Very enjoyable and worthwhile event."

Staff Absence Management Limited

"The event was extremely useful for an experienced BM who has moved from a MAT to a single Academy."

St Bede's Catholic College

"It was great and educating for me as a finance manager coming from a corporate background into Education."

The Shared Learning Trust