School Finance Specialists

About Us


At Effervesce we believe that a strategic financial plan can only lead to both educational and financial success if it starts with a deep understanding of pupils and vision.


We believe that a detailed annual budget only really works when it is part of a strategic plan, because all important changes take time to realise.

We believe that unless education and financial decisions are taking together, as a team, the risks will over-ride the opportunities.


We believe that there is a time for accuracy and detail and a time for big picture, horizon scanning and brave judgements and we know that education leaders have to do both.

We have a suite of tools to draw upon, and we also love creating something new together. We know that context is important and that every school is unique.


With over 25-years’ experience, we know the rules when it comes to school finance and have deep respect for those who dedicate their life to teaching.

Our integrity is very important to us, so we will speak up if we see something that’s wrong. We will say if we aren’t the right people to help you, and you can rest assured that if we do work together you will be in safe hands.

Strong Relationships

Working with others to make a bigger difference

As well as working directly with schools, academies and multi-academy trusts, we are often called upon to share our expertise more widely. We have strong relationships with Heads Associations, Schools Forum, Local Authorities, Unions and professional bodies, policy and research institutes, the DfE, universities, teaching schools and NLEs. This means we have our finger on the pulse of developments in school finance.


A Team Of Professionals

Susan Fielden

School Finance Specialist and Founder of Effervesce

Susan is a qualified accountant with over 25-years’ experience working with schools and education leaders.

After many years as strategic finance lead for education and children’s services in Somerset she joined the DfE to work on national funding policy for schools.

Susan established Effervesce during 2016 so that she could work with individual schools to improve the cost-effective use of resources for children.

She continues to work with the DfE on school funding and resource management.

paul fielden

Business and management consultant

Paul has extensive experience in management consultancy and senior leadership in very large organisations.  His knowledge of the business world is increasingly pertinent to the development of multi-academy trusts.

Louise Miller

Business productivity and benchmarking

Louise brings a wealth of expertise to ensure that the Effervesce office runs smoothly. She knows her way around school benchmarking data and works with Susan to present information in a meaningful way.

Sam Ellis

Technical Adviser and research partner

Sam has been a teacher and senior leader in schools and the funding specialist for ASCL. He works with Effervesce on school funding research as well as the development of tools to support schools in strategic planning.

Chris Beech

Educational Advisor

Chris lends his experience as a teacher and Headteacher to the development of tools and resources at Effervesce. Now back in the classroom, Chris is only involved in particular projects but his connection to the frontline is invaluable.


What We Believe

Team work

A strong team working together can lead change through challenging times


Limited resources are most effective when education and financial decision-making are connected



Understanding the system is vital in getting the most for our children and young people


Meaningful change takes time, yet the future is uncertain. Strategic planning requires courage, guesswork and an assessment of risk.

Big picture, small details

Knowing what you want to achieve is half the battle. The rest is knowing where to start and how to deploy time and money in the best way.


Proper processes

Efficient policies and processes help an organisation run smoothly and fairly. They don’t need to limit creativity and innovation.

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