Schools finance information

Supporting information for papers to the school forum for maintained schools.

Section 251 return

Papers for school forum 1 October 2020

Papers for school forum 11 June 2020

Papers for school forum 3 October 2019

Papers for school forum 13 June 2019

Section 251 Budget return

On 20 April 2020 the DfE announced that the collection of the Section 251 Budget Return for 2020/21 was cancelled due to Covid19 workloads.

Papers for school forum 4 October 2018

Three-year plans for 2018

Maintained schools have submitted a three year financial forecast as at 30 June 2018. The results are summarised in the 3 year budget plan submission 2018-19 document (PDF, 205KB).

Companies House has the equivalent information for Academies.

Papers for school forum 14 June 2018

2017/18 -  DSG finance update - maintained schools balances and earmarked reserves

2017/18 -  DSG finance update – no schools have balances that meet the criteria for clawback.

Papers for school forum 5 October 2017

  • Schools financial value standard (PDF, 400KB)
  • School Fund Audit Certificates (PDF,112KB)
  • Schools not setting a balanced budget (PDF,16KB) 

Three-year plans for 2017 

Maintained schools have submitted a three year financial forecast as at 30 June 2017. This information will be updated annually.

  • Three year plan submissions - as at 30 June 2017 (PDF, 220KB)

Companies House has the equivalent information for Academies.