Information for local authorities, schools and the general public about local authority education funding and expenditure plans for 2018 to 2019.
Section 251 (S251) is part of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. Local authorities submit statements on planned and actual expenditure on education and children’s social care. Local authorities 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 data requests.
Comparing information is important for schools forums and others in discussions about budget levels and use of funds.
S251 budget guidance for local authorities
Local authorities must submit their budget statements by 30 April 2018.
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.
Theexplains how local authorities record their budget statements.
We’ve published 2 videos relating to the section 251 budget:
- local authority maintained schools section 251 budget introduction
- section 251 budget: early years update
Budget statements should be submitted in theusing COLLECT (DfE’s data collection and management system for education).
You can read our S251 COLLECT instructions for more information.
Theis a formal request for the collection of S251 data. It’s prepared on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.