Integrated curriculum financial planning, which brings together curriculum and budget, is all the rage, but it is not a new concept. Julia Harnden explains more and asks what it can do for us...

Perhaps the first thing to say about integrated curriculum financial planning (ICFP) is that it isn’t a new idea. The second thing to say is that all schools are likely to be using it (to a greater or lesser extent) in some form already.

So that leads nicely on to a question. Why is there so much talk about ICFP now?

ICFP brings together curriculum and budget planning as a closely linked process and uses a common language to develop understanding across the leadership team and the trust board or governing body.

This is certainly not a new idea. We have been advocating the value of strengthening the link between curriculum and financial planning for many years. As an approach, curriculum-led planning is proactive good practice and not a reaction to a difficult financial situation.

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