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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.

Resources from the DfE

The Department for Education (DfE) has created a collection of information, tools and guidance on financial efficiency. These cover topics such as:

  • Business cycle and business planning
  • Financial review and self-assessment
  • Financial management and efficient resourcing
  • Capital efficiency
  • Commercial services and procurement
  • Financial health checks

The DfE also has a collection of resources to help schools achieve value for money (VfM). These are now hosted on the National Archives website.

These resources include:

  • A spreadsheet to help you cost your school improvement plan, and assess whether it provides good VfM
  • A workforce structure tool, designed to help you identify strengths and weaknesses of the deployment of your workforce

Download our advice on achieving value for money 

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The information in this document was provided by Justine Berkeley, owner and managing director of SBM Services Ltd, for advice on achieving