School financial management

  • Charging for educational visits
    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.
  • Charging for residential school trips
    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.
  • Charging for school activities
    Find out what activities and equipment you can and can't charge parents for and how to request payment.
  • Case study: how to make your school community your best fundraising asset
    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.
  • Case study: Increase pupil numbers with a targeted marketing strategy
    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.
  • Fundraising ideas for small schools
    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.
  • Risk protection arrangement (RPA)
    The RPA is open to maintained schools and academies. It's an alternative to commercial insurance and managed by the DfE. Learn what it covers, how much it costs and how to join.
Marketing 5 articles
Purchasing 12 articles
  • Academy reviews of value for money
    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.
  • Achieving value for money: tools, guidance and case studies
    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.
  • Contracts register: template
    Use our template contracts register to keep a record of all of your school's contracts and service level agreements in 1 place.