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  • Case study: how to make your school community your best fundraising asset Struggling to balance the budget? Lucky enough to have parents who can help out? Read on to see how Horniman Primary School has harnessed the power of the local community to double the PTA's annual fundraising income, to maintain what parents value most about the school.
  • Funds and freebies: monthly highlights UpdatedSee the latest deadlines for funding opportunities. You can also find a selection of the grants available to schools across a range of areas, and details of freebies you can access.
  • Governors' role in generating income for schools Just like every other aspect of school operations, school finances are being deeply affected by the coronavirus crisis. Learn how to help your school generate income and find some potential solutions for raising much-needed funds.
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  • School budget
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    • Efficient staffing budgets How can our school be more efficient with the staffing budget? The largest proportion of any school’s budget will be spent on staffing, so we look at how schools can achieve best value for money. We relay expert advice and refer to government guidance on how you might do this.
    • Governors and trustees supplying schools with goods or services Find out how to manage conflicts of interest if you’re purchasing a governor's goods or services. If you're an academy trust, you also have to manage related party transactions.
    • Pupil premium: spending Know what your role is in monitoring pupil premium spending, and get up to speed with the rules on what it should and shouldn't be spent on.
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  • School funding
    • Coronavirus: catch-up premium cheat sheet NewUnderstand how the coronavirus catch-up premium will be allocated, what your school can use the funding for and your role in holding school leaders to account for how the premium is spent.
    • Devolved formula capital (DFC) funding Devolved formula capital (DFC) is a source of capital funding for maintained schools and academies. Learn about how it's allocated and the rules your school needs to follow when spending it.
    • Free school meals: how are they funded? Mainstream schools should use their core budget allocations to provide FSM to pre-16 pupils, but the government has also introduced a FSM supplementary grant for 2018-19 and 2019-20. Find out the details about this grant and learn how FSM are funded in special schools and for post-16 pupils.
    • Funding for academies Learn how academies are funded, including information about the general annual grant (GAG) and the funding academies receive outside of the GAG.
    • Funding for pupils with SEN Get to grips with how pupils with special educational needs (SEN) are funded in your school.
    • Funding for pupils with SEN We explain how schools receive SEN funding in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
    • Funding in maintained schools Read our one-page summary of how maintained schools are funded, and your role in overseeing the financial performance of your school. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
    • How maintained schools are funded: 2019 to 2020 Understand how funding is allocated in maintained schools. Be clear on other streams of funding including pupil premium, PE and sport premium, and universal infant free school meals.
    • National funding formula: a summary The national funding formula (NFF) has been introduced, with transitional arrangements currently in place. Learn which factors are included in the formula, and find out about the impact on schools.
    • Primary PE and sport premium UpdatedUnderstand how the PE and sport premium for primary schools is allocated and find out how you can spend it. Plus, see details on carrying over any unspent funding to next year due to coronavirus.
    • Pupil premium Save time by reading our summary of the pupil premium in just one page. Download a copy to share with your governing board.
    • Pupil premium The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. We've brought together useful articles and downloads to help you with your school's approach.
    • Pupil premium: eligible pupils Learn which categories of pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding, and find out more about each category. These include 'ever 6 FSM', 'looked after children' and 'service children'.
    • Year 7 catch-up premium: cheat sheet Understand how the premium is allocated, what your school can use it for and how you’re held accountable for your spending.
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