School resource management

Information, tools, training and guidance to help schools and multi-academy trusts with financial planning and resource management.

Integrated curriculum and financial planning (ICFP)

We are encouraging schools to plan their curriculum and their finances in a combined exercise, providing free guidance and resources for heads, governors and school business managers to get started with ICFP.

Buying for schools

We’ve produced guidance for school buying professionals on the goods, services and works they regularly buy.

Case studies

Many schools and trusts manage their budgets well, using their resources expertly to deliver high standards for pupils. This page provides examples of approaches that practitioners have found to be effective.

School resource management: case studies.

Join the School Business Professionals (SBP) user group

Please email if you want to join the SBP user group and provide:

  • your full name
  • your job title
  • your school’s name
  • the names of other SBP networks you’ve already joined

The SBP user group is made up of school business professionals from a range of schools across the country.

The purpose of the user group is to:

  • give feedback to support the aims of the schools’ buying strategy
  • give feedback on the recommended deals
  • help develop buying guidance for SBPs

Membership is open to all SBPs. Your contribution can be organised around your normal school duties.

Supporting school resource management

Get started with school resource management: checklist

Help with planning school and trust finances and resources – tools and advice from the Department for Education (DfE).

Review and benchmark your finances

Use these tools to assess your financial position, compare your spend with similar schools and trusts, and review your budget to identify risks.

Plan your workforce and curriculum

Read guidance for reviewing your staffing structures and use the tool to check if your school has the right staff to teach its curriculum. Multi-academy trusts (MATs) can use this guidance to consider staffing structures across the MAT.

Guidance for governors: what checks to make

Information to help governors ask the right questions when they are checking school resource management.

Get financial advice for your school

This financial advice includes a list of suppliers if you need to buy external financial advice for your school. The list also includes things to think about before choosing an adviser.

School resource management: training and peer support

There’s a lot of financial management training and support available to school and trust leaders. This page will help you find and use it. It includes links to useful sector organisations, their training courses and other resources.

Published 12 January 2016
Last updated 5 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added link to integrated curriculum and financial planning guidance.

  2. Added new version of the schools financial value standard.

  3. Added 'Join the School Business Professionals' (SBP) user group'.

  4. Amended to make it clearer that this applies to both schools and multi-academy trusts.

  5. Added 'School resource management self-assessment tool'.

  6. Added 'Supporting excellent school resource management' guidance.

  7. Renamed page and included new content.

  8. Updated text describing the section on schools financial training and peer support.

  9. Updated with new and updated materials supporting schools financial health and efficiency.

  10. Updated to add information about schools financial health checks, the role of the school business manager and guidance for schools about moving to cloud computing services.

  11. Updated to provide a link to buying for schools information.

  12. First published.