School resource management self-assessment: summary and questions to ask

Academy trusts must complete the self-assessment checklist annually. Find out what questions you can ask your trust leaders to make sure your trust meets good financial standards.

Last reviewed on 5 February 2024See updates
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  1. What is the school resource management self-assessment?
  2. Your trust must complete and submit the checklist each year
  3. Where you're involved
  4. Download our questions to scrutinise the checklist

This article is aimed at trustees.

If you're on a local governing body (LGB) it's unlikely you'll be involved here, but do double check your trust's scheme of delegation to see what financial responsibilities you have.

What is the school resource management self-assessment?

The school resource management self-assessment is a requirement for all academy trusts, who must submit it annually.

It includes a checklist made up of 46 questions. Trusts answer these to assure the government that resources are managed effectively. 

The questions cover 6 sections:

  • Governance
  • Trust financial strategy
  • Setting the annual budget
  • Staffing
  • Value for money
  • Protecting the public purse

The dashboard is available on the schools financial benchmarking website. This shows how your trust's expenditure, characteristics and outcomes compare with those of similar schools through RAG (red, amber, green) ratings, and will help your trust leaders fill in the checklist.

Check you have appropriate financial management and governance arrangements Check you're meeting the right standards to achieve

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