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.

Last reviewed on 27 August 2019
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  1. Resources from the DfE
  2. Download our advice on achieving value for money 
  3. Examples of school VfM strategies

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