How to interrogate a finance reportUpdatedRead our step-by-step guide to interrogating the finance report so you're clear on what the numbers mean, what to look out for and what questions to ask your school business manager in your finance committee meeting.
Monitoring school finance: an overviewFinancial oversight is one of the governing board's core functions. Get more detail on what your board's key responsibilities are, and learn what financial oversight means in practice, so you can monitor effectively.
Pupil premium: ensuring value for moneyHow can we monitor pupil premium spending? We relay guidance from one of our associate experts on how governors can monitor pupil premium spending. We also link to information and tools from Ofsted to help monitor the funding, and a case study from FASNA.
Funds and freebies: monthly highlightsUpdatedSee 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 schoolsJust 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.
Budget cuts: role of governorsWhat is the governing board's role in cutting spending? We relay advice from one of our experts on how to respond to tightening budgets. Another of our experts explains that governors are responsible for approving spending decisions and sets out what to look for in proposals for cutting expenditure.
Refusing to approve the school budgetThis is a serious decision. Understand the different situations where your governing board might refuse to approve the budget, and what you can do next if this happens.
Setting the budgetWho is responsible for setting the budget? Schools can decide the level of involvement that the chair of the finance committee has in setting the budget. We suggest questions governors could ask to monitor the budget setting process.
The budget approval process in MATsUpdatedThe budget approval process can vary from trust to trust. Use these examples to get an idea of what the process might look like in your multi-academy trust, where you could be involved and what you'd need to do.
Efficient staffing budgetsHow 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.
Coronavirus: catch-up premium cheat sheetNewUnderstand 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) fundingDevolved 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 academiesLearn 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 SENWe 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 schoolsRead 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.
National funding formula: a summaryThe 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 premiumUpdatedUnderstand 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 premiumSave time by reading our summary of the pupil premium in just one page. Download a copy to share with your governing board.
Pupil premiumThe 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 pupilsLearn 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'.