You must have a registered DfE Sign In (DSI) or IDAMS account and been assigned a VMFI permission in order for you to log in and have data showing for your school. Please read how to access the view my financial information tool before starting.
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View my financial insights (VMFI) is an online tool which helps schools view and improve their financial performance. It enables academy trusts and local authorities to see all their schools in one place and provides users with an automated assessment of their data based on similar schools. This assessment identifies areas with the greatest variance, providing users with a helpful starting to point to investigate, potentially leading to improved resource management.
VMFI compares the financial performance of each school in an academy trust or local authority against the 30 most statistically similar schools across a range of cost categories.
Through access to a broader range of data and insights, VMFI supports school finance teams in 3 ways:
Increasing efficiency by reducing the need for desk-based research regarding financial insights and data.
Providing up-to-date and customisable data insights to help identify areas for further investigation.
Offering access to commercial resources including government contracts, frameworks, and guidance.
Create your own set of comparator schools.
Edit data locally to model different scenarios.
Integrated curriculum and financial planning (ICFP)
Uses data already held by the DfE to help create a high-level dashboard of financial metrics.
Specific commercial resources are recommended depending on your financial position.
Forecasts and risks (academy trusts only)
Academy trusts can view metrics and recommendations based on their budget forecast return data to tackle risks.
Data sources used
View my financial insights uses the most current data available from the following data sources:
|Academies accounts return submissions
|Budget forecast return (BFR)
|Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR)
|January school census
|Condition data collection (CDC) data
|Get Information About Schools
VMFI uses data supplied to DfE from financial returns which have been submitted on time. It will only show information for those schools which have been part of the trust or local authority for the full financial year.
For detailed help with accessing and using the tool, see the attached guidance at the top of this page.
If you have any questions about the latest version of the VMFI tool, please contact us: