Influencing the budget cycle
As mentioned also elsewhere, in some contexts the school budget may be a relatively secret process. There may be very few decisions made at school level – either because the budget is set nationally and there is little flexibility, or because there are very few funds available. Or decisions may be made by the head-teacher, with little consultation or involvement of staff, pupils or parents. Action here builds on the discussions and conclusions related to analysis of the budget process. This might include mapping out the budget cycle and identifying spaces where, the group believes they have a right to engage in the budget. This could include the right to present alternative budgets during the allocation process, to be informed when enactment will happen, and to have access to information to monitor expenditure and impact. The group will then need to think through who they need to influence to make this a reality, for example the school itself, the wider community, local government, district education office or even the national government.