Smarter Financial Management is the ability to accurately report accounts quickly and demonstrate a transparent audit trail which can’t be done by using ledgers or spread sheets to comply with SFVS requirements. Before choosing your accounting system, considerations should be made for:
- Support Cost
System functionality is commonly sold to schools, but what are all the options and what do you really need? The phasing out of cheques from 2014 is cause for concern as schools are faced with potentially more cash and increased charges from insurance and security companies who remove it from site. UK research has revealed that 1 in 11 purchases are now online. Should you consider online payments? Schools that have implemented online payment systems have seen an uptake by 63% of parents. Things to consider when choosing online payment providers:
- Setup fees
- Transaction charges
- Regulatory bodies
What other functionality is available in accounting systems?
- Dinner Register
- Student details import
- Uniform and stock
- School Trips
Currently the majority of schools are still receiving cheques or cash as payment for school trips, school dinners, uniforms etc.
In order to become more efficient schools are looking at accountancy software that enables them to keep track of every penny.
Many schools are employing a School Business Manager or clusters of small primaries employing one between them. Although the role of the SBM will vary slightly from school to school fundamentally they take the responsibility for financial administration, revenue generation and monitoring of the budget on a daily basis leaving Head Teachers to concentrate on Teaching & Learning.
Check out Innovate My School's Financial / Accounting Software Directory for a comparison of the latest finance products on the market.