School finance


Avoiding financial scams

Financial scams, including bank mandate fraud, often target schools and staff need to be aware of what to look out for. Dave Verma advises


Securing funds from businesses

Continuing his recent series of fundraising advice articles, Brin Best looks at how schools should engage with business – both locally and further afield – in order to raise funds and attract other support


Are you aware of fraud?

Figures suggest that discovered fraud in the schools sector was in the region of £1 million last year. Expert Dave Verma offers eight easy steps schools can take to lower the risks


Effective fundraising applications

The secret to fundraising success can often come down to writing and compiling effective applications. Brin Best offers nine steps to planning and writing successful funding applications


Fundraising: Grant-making trusts

Many schools do not consider applying to grant-making trusts for funding, even though they are well-placed to make successful bids. Brin Best explains more and lists some of his top trusts to apply to



Seven good sources for school fundraising

With school budgets under huge pressure and little respite on the horizon, fundraising has never been more important. Brin Best gives us an overview of some external funding sources available to schools


Three major challenges for 2018

As the new year begins, what changes do you need to prepare for? Richard Skipper discusses three major challenges waiting for us in 2018


Devising an effective fundraising strategy

A carefully thought-out fundraising strategy that links closely with your school improvement plan could be considered an essential for modern schools. Expert Brin Best discusses how to devise an effective fundraising strategy for your school


Are schools on the brink of a financial crisis?

The results of the second consultation are out. But the proposed new funding formula is only part of the problem. Suzanne O’Connell looks at how school leaders responded and what some of the key factors are in the plans for the future funding of our schools



Ideas to boost your school budgets

Budget pressures continue to build, with little sign of respite ahead. Sara Martin looks at how schools have been creating opportunities in their local communities and beyond to stretch and boost their budgets



Financial turmoil forecast for schools

The DfE has set out more detail of its plans for a fairer funding system. But with no new money, there will be winners and losers. Meanwhile, schools are facing increasing costs and real-terms reductions in per-pupil funding



Making your school’s resources go further

A new report has highlighted possible savings that schools could make to help stretch their budgets further in these difficult times. School business director Nina Siddle explains how simple changes introduced at her school have saved precious time and money


School fundraising: Auction Nights and other ideas

If you get it right, school fundraising events can be among the highest earners in terms of additional income. Tom Donohoe discusses his most successful event – the Auction Night – as well as a few other ideas to bring together your wider community in support of the school



Finding the funding for school expansion

With growing pupil rolls, expansion is a priority for many schools – however, finance is a key consideration. Gareth Barber opens up the school place debate and looks into what funding options are on the table for those looking to upsize



Fundraising: Proving a project is needed

When looking to secure funding for your school, a key challenge is successfully arguing a need for your project and deciding who should lead your grant fundraising efforts. John Ellery offers his advice



Funding for school buildings

Finding the money to repair and maintain your school buildings is a major headache for school leaders. Kate Gilliford looks at some possible funding streams


Understanding VAT

VAT is a complicated tax and it is easy for academies and free schools to make mistakes. We ask expert Helen Elliott for some advice.

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