Schools financial value standard and assurance (SFVS)

Guidance to help schools and local authorities complete the 2016 schools financial value standard (SFVS) and assurance forms.

The SFVS helps schools to manage their finances and to provide assurance to the local authority that they have secure financial management in place.

The guidance applies to maintained schools and local authorities and is for:

  • governing bodies of maintained schools
  • management committees of pupil referral units
  • local authorities
  • other interested parties

As governing bodies have formal responsibility for the financial management of their schools, the standard is primarily aimed at them.

Local authority maintained schools are required to submit the SFVS annually to the authority. Local authorities use this information to inform their programme of financial assessment and audit.

Other schools are welcome to use this guidance and any of the other material associated with the standard.

SFVS 2016 assessment form

The assessment form informs the local authority’s submission of the dedicated schools grant chief financial officer assurance form, covering all maintained schools in their area. This is returned annually to the Department for Education.

SFVS 2016 support notes

This guidance provides clarification for each of the 25 questions on the assessment form. It also includes examples of good practice and details further support available to assist schools in addressing specific issues.

SFVS 2016 additional resources

The additional resources provides useful information and tools to help complete the SFVS effectively. It includes details to help schools to review the roles of governors, as well as staff in schools with financial management responsibility. It also includes a matrix to help schools to analyse the spread of relevant skills and competencies.

This advice will be reviewed in April 2017.