The department is committed to working with the sector to enable excellent school resource management in all schools and academy trusts. Our new strategy sets out our vision and approach to help build an even stronger school system.
The tools and guidance on this page will help schools and academy trusts get the best value from their resources and therefore maximise the impact on pupil outcomes. They are free and available to all state funded schools.
You can learn more about our approach for the next 3-5 years in our strategy, “School resource management: building a stronger system”. You can also access our free offer of training and support aimed at School Business Professionals (SBPs), school leaders and boards, and a directory of SBP networks. This will support you to achieve a good level of financial health and resource management, outlined in the SRM self-assessment checklist.
You can request a free, confidential visit from one of the department’s school resource management advisers (SRMAs), who are experts in school resource management and provide tailored advice and support.
How you collect and analyse data, and understand what data can tell you about your school’s performance, is crucial to achieving excellent school resource management. These tools and guides will help you use your data effectively.
Tools and advice intended to help you plan and manage your workforce. In particular, they will help you save money on recruitment advertising, identify ways to reduce workload and align staffing plans with your school capacity, needs and budget by combining curriculum and financial planning.
It’s important to ensure school estates are managed strategically, compliantly, and effectively. Guidance, tools and checklists are available to help you meet your responsibilities and duties for your estate.
Providing effective governance and challenge on SRM
Effective governance and challenge is a critical part of effective school resource management. Tools for governing bodies, executive and senior leaders to help them understand responsibilities, and ask questions to ensure effective management of resources.