School financial management
Accounts and tax 7 articles
- Learn how to manage cash flow as a school business manager (SBM). See what to include in your monthly forecasts to help monitor and report income and expenditure. Download a template from the ISBL and get tips for filling out cash flow templates.
- Generate income for your school by letting your school premises. Learn how to set your costs and where to turn for advice on VAT.
- Get to grips with what you need to prepare and do when it comes to monthly budget monitoring reports for academy trusts.
Charges and voluntary contributions 4 articles
- Find out which educational visits you can charge for and how much you should charge. Download our template to help you calculate your costs. Plus, find out what to do with any money that's left over.
- Understand what you can and can't charge for with respect to residential trips. Read guidance on when parents may be exempt from paying for elements that are normally chargeable.
- Find out what activities and equipment you can and can't charge parents for and how to request payment.
Fundraising and grants 8 articles
- Struggling to balance the budget? Lucky enough to have parents who can help out? Read on to see how Horniman Primary School has harnessed the power of the local community to double the PTA's annual fundraising income, to maintain what parents value most about the school.
- Rural schools frequently struggle with funding and many are fighting to stay viable. Here’s how one rural academy trust used marketing to increase pupil numbers by 20% - and, as a result, boost its school’s income.
- See expert advice and practical ways of fundraising for small or rural schools, to help you combat any challenges in generating income. Find out how one small, rural school raised £50,000 for a new classroom, and how you can too.
Insurance, licensing and legal 1 article
Managing the school budget 23 articles
- Changes to the Academy Trust Handbook 2022 are unlikely to change your operations significantly, but there are a few new rules to be aware of.
- Find out about the different ways you can allocate curriculum budgets. Download our curriculum budget formula calculator and see case studies from different types of school.
- Download our list of questions to help you analyse your benchmarking data, and find guidance from the DfE.
Marketing 5 articles
- Keeping pupil numbers up is key to keeping a rural school viable. Here's how one village school in Suffolk has steadily doubled its pupil roll to become stable again, through promotional strategies that you could try too.
- Find out what to include in your recruitment adverts and where to post them so that you stand out and attract the best candidates. Look at examples of how other multi-academy trusts advertise roles.For Trust Leaders
- Use our top tips to make your school Facebook page a success. Learn what to post, the settings that will save you a headache, and how to respond to negative comments.
Purchasing 12 articles
- Academies must include a review of value for money in their annual accounts. Read about the purpose and structure of the review, and see examples from other academy trusts.
- Read our advice on getting value for money. We look at resources designed to help schools achieve value for money from the DfE. You will also find a download with expert guidance on budget efficiency.
- Use our template contracts register to keep a record of all of your school's contracts and service level agreements in 1 place.