Schools financial efficiency: case studies

Examples of how schools can improve their financial management and efficiency.

These case studies show how schools and academies have developed effective financial management, resulting in better educational outcomes for children and young people.

Many schools manage their budgets very well, using their resources expertly to deliver high standards for pupils. This page provides examples of approaches that schools have found to be effective, which school leaders and governors can learn from to improve the budgeting processes in their own schools.

We would like to hear from you if you have any good practice examples or case studies you would like to share.

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Strategic financial planning

  1. Three-year budget plan helps schools to address budget deficit

    • Case study
  2. Curriculum-led budget planning puts pupil outcomes first

    • Case study

Staffing and timetabling

  1. Sharing support staff across schools in a multi-academy trust

    • Case study
  2. Academy saves £800,000 and improves student outcomes

    • Case study
  3. Creating a leaner and more effective senior leadership team

    • Case study
  4. Academy becomes more efficient by tackling staff absence rates

    • Case study
  5. Finding efficiencies in support staff spending

    • Case study
  6. Strategic deployment of staff makes school more efficient

    • Case study

Procurement and back office efficiency savings

  1. School lights up efficiency savings with capital investment

    • Case study

Skills and tools for managing school finances effectively

  1. School business manager peer support improves financial health

    • Case study

Video case study on curriculum based planning

  1. Improving financial efficiency with curriculum planning

    • Guidance