Section 251: 2017 to 2018
Information for local authorities (LAs), schools and the general public about LA education funding and expenditure plans for 2017 to 2018.
Section 251 is part of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 that requires local authorities (LAs) to submit statements about their planned and actual expenditure on education and children’s social care.
LAs submit their statements to the Secretary of State for Education. The Department for Education (DfE) uses the data for publishing statistics, constructing benchmarking tables, answering parliamentary questions and responding to other requests for data.
Comparing information supplied through section 251 is also important for schools forums and others in their discussions about budget levels and use of funds.
Section 251 budget guidance for local authorities
Local authorities must submit their budget statements by 31 March 2017.
Local authorities record their total dedicated schools grant (DSG) planned expenditure and other non-statutory spending. They must provide details of planned expenditure for their schools, including spending on early years, high needs and post-16. They must also provide details of their children and young people’s services budget.
The S251 budget guide for local authorities 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 662KB, 69 pages) explains how local authorities record their budget statements.
Budget statements should be submitted in the S251 budget tables 2017 to 2018 (ODS, 53.2KB) using COLLECT; DfE’s data collection and management system for education.
S251 budget mapping 2017 to 2018 (ODS, 16.8KB) shows the key changes that have been made to the tables from the previous year.
S251 COLLECT instructions are available.
The Administrative direction (PDF, 301KB, 2 pages) is a formal request for the collection of section 251 data. It is prepared on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.