Creative ways to fund DoodleMaths in your school

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The primary aim in school remains the same as always – delivering high quality, enriching learning experiences that support and develop every one of our pupils to meet their full potential. But, as everyone knows, money is exceptionally tight in schools right now and ‘balancing the books’ is part of any purchasing decision.

Tightening your purse strings doesn’t stop Doodle from being the best solution for your school. After all, DoodleMaths and DoodleEnglish offer unique personalisation, breadth and balance, and support best teaching practice while keeping teacher administration to a minimum.

Many of our schools have maths and English curriculums and homework development at the front of the queue when it comes to their priorities. And, that’s why they come to us. There’s no question that Doodle is a cost-effective solution for them – but where are they finding the funds in their squeezed overall budgets? Well…

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Using whole school improvement budget for impact

It’s highly likely that targeting under-performing groups, progress, attainment and standards in maths and English are priorities on your Senior Leadership Team’s action plan, and Doodle would meet the required criteria for impact in spades! Its unique personalised work programmes set it apart from other products in terms of the impact you can expect and its ease of use helps embed whole school practice.

Using Pupil Premium funding effectively

Doodle helps to close the attainment gap and adapts to each child to support them at just the right level. With this in mind, it’s a perfect fit for pupil premium spend. 

Publicly-funded schools in England currently receive £1320 (Primary) or £935 (Secondary) funding for each child that is currently eligible for pupil premium. Investing through pupil premium gives funded pupils what they need and also offers a unique tutor that will support each one of your school’s pupils individual needs at the same time.

Spending your budget wisely

Which priorities is your maths or English Subject Lead working towards? Are they looking for ways to show a measurable impact with their budget spend? Do other resources really personalise to the needs of each student like Doodle?

If your Subject Lead is unsure of how Doodle can benefit the school, drop a line to our Education Specialists. They’ll be happy to send you an information pack or set you up with a demo to discover how Doodle can benefit your school setting.

Re-allocating existing budget

Have you considered how funds are currently being allocated to maths and English in your school? Digital resources, the textbooks on the shelf and your practical resources – do they currently add value for money? Can this money be better spent? Check your current spends that are coming up for renewal and see if there is room for investment in long-term solutions, such as Doodle.

Don’t be afraid to engage your parents

DoodleMaths cakesWe appreciate that schools historically have been reluctant to engage with parents over funding of resources in the fear that they are questioned over finance management. But everyone’s read the recent funding articles in the media, right? It’s a UK-wide thing!

Parents ultimately want the best education for their child. And at a cost of as little as £6 per pupil, Doodle is easily accessible through PTA funding or parental contributions.

Many of our schools have told us that once parents realise a fundraiser option is available to provide a tutor that is personalised to their child’s unique needs, they are keen to support it. Of course, a quality product that helps parents support their children’s learning at home 365 days a year as well is pretty good value for money! You could host PTA fundraisers, cake sales and a whole host of sponsored events – our schools enjoy thinking outside of the box!

Combining with another local school

We understand that for some very school schools, finding this money is even harder. Some of the small schools we work with have a very small number of pupils. For these schools we recommend combining with another local school and sharing the number of licences and therefore the cost of a subscription. 

Payment terms

Although our standard payment terms are 14 days, we understand that budgets are allocated at the start of the year, and therefore this may cause some difficulties. If you currently have a subscription with us, please speak to your Account Manager to discuss flexible payment terms.

 

Ultimately, it’s about getting the right product to enhance teaching and learning priorities and deliver high impact for our children. Once you’ve established that Doodle meets your school needs, we should consider whether it’s cost-effective. And with high-impact outcomes for every pupil at as little as £6, Doodle certainly ticks that box!

Article by Tom Minor

Doodle empowers learners to achieve confidence in maths and English. Our intelligent technology creates individual work programmes which are motivational, affordable and convenient to use.