I am newly appointed HoD and started in January. By the time I arrived, the budget had been spent. The reason for this, a new course was started in September and therefore, textbooks and teacher's material had to be ordered. This hadn't been planned in the budget request by the previous HoD who left in July and it 'feels' as I can't pin down exactly who said we should start this new course, but it could well be the HT. And so, the buget money has been used for the new course. Can you tell me if I am exaggerating but surely if a new course is going to be introduced by the 'school' (HT) then the relevant department should get extra funding surely? Or would it be possible that the school pay for it rather than have it billed on our departmental budget?