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Mike Pettifer

Mike Pettifer

Director, Academies and Maintained Schools Group,
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Mike began his career teaching English and worked for five years at the City of Westminster College eventually running youth training programmes and working with employers. Mike moved to London East Training & Enterprise Council where he worked with employers and managed the European Social Fund and other externally funding programmes. In April 2001, Mike transferred to the Learning & Skills Council. From October 2008 Mike led the London LSC transfer to the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) and local authorities. Mike then moved to the YPLA working in London. In February 2012, Mike led the national Academy Funding Team where he worked on implementing the 13/14 Funding Reforms and modernising the system. In June 2015, Mike’s responsibilities expanded to include working with local authorities on school funding. Mike has been the Director of the Academies and Maintained Schools Group since August 2016.

  • Examining the core indicators of strong financial oversight within a Trust
  • Developing strategic financial planning with a focus on value for money, improving provision and ensuring long term sustainability
  • Exploring what governors should know, what constitutes effective budget monitoring and the key performance indicators (KPIs) all boards should offer oversight on
  • Analysing the latest updates to the Academies Financial Handbook and how it can guide questions asked of senior leaders