A guide to approaching financial planning and information about the EFA Information Exchange – EFA’s digital platform for local authorities, academies, maintained schools and other funded providers that includes an online calendar setting out key dates in the school business cycle.
This section will help you manage your school building efficiently and get the most out of your capital and maintenance expenditure.
Effective maintenance reduces the risks associated with buildings and building services, and helps to prevent the need for significant capital expenditure and disruption which can follow building failure.
These pages include advice about practical buying, effective and collaborative procurement, and tips to help schools get the most value from their budgets.
They also include links to information from Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which works closely with DfE to develop better deals for schools.
The department’s buying for schools collection also provides guidance on planning, achieving simpler and more economic routes for buying both products and services, and information on contract management.
Having access to good financial advice and support is an important part of running an effective school. Schools can take advantage of this advice and support to help them review their current financial position, identify issues and take appropriate action to address them.
We have developed the financial health checks structure to help schools to identify what support they need. We have also started to develop a directory of some of the suppliers that can provide these checks, or elements of these checks.
There’s a lot of financial management training and support available to school leaders. This page will help you find and use it. It includes links to useful sector organisations, their training courses and other resources.