Research and analysis

Section 251 data: testing accuracy and a proposed alternative

How well section 251 (S251) budget data predicts actual outcomes, and options for reducing and improving the data collection.

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Section 251 data: testing accuracy and a proposed alternative

Section 251 - new model versus 2014 to 2015 outturn format

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Alternative Section 251 model

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Details

This report compares section 251 budget and outcome data from the 2012 to 2013 and 2013 to 2014 financial years.

The spreadsheets set out a potential improvement and proposed reductions to S251 reporting.

Section 251 requires local authorities to submit figures on their planned and actual expenditure on education and children’s social care.