SAAF Education Blog

Early Years Census 2021 Update

The Department for Education has released guidance around the Spring Census 2021 – specifying how to submit hours and report on children being sick due to coronavirus on Census Day.

Free school meals during coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to know

The government have provided updates on free school meals during COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know.

It's time to think about your School Financial Value Standard (SFVS)

It may seem a while off, but if you want to meet the deadline for submitting your School Financial Value Standard (SFVS), it is time to start preparing.

The deadline for submission may vary depending on your local authority, please check the date they expect to receive your completed form.

Financial benchmarking and why you need it

 

What is financial benchmarking?

Financial benchmarking can be a valuable process as it enables comparisons of income and expenditure with other schools and academies. With this comparison you will then be able to consider how your resources can be used more efficiently and identify areas of improvement that may be required.

School Resource Management Self Assessment Tool (SRMSAT)

Updated 25/03/2021

It is compulsory for all academies and MATs to complete and submit this form by 15 April 2021.

New £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Grant Scheme

In the current climate, you may find it difficult to obtain extra funding, but we have some good news. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme which will provide £1bn of grant funding. Do not miss out on this opportunity to fund your school’s energy efficiency projects!

Get Help with Technology Funding for Schools

The DfE have announced a new pot of funding available for schools and academies to order laptops and tablets for children who can’t attend school due to COVID-19 restrictions. Read our blog to find out what your school is entitled to and how to place an order.

It's time to prepare for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

The bidding window for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) usually opens around October half term and closes just before Christmas. However waiting until the bidding window opens can make it much more difficult to organise and plan your project, if you start now, you will have plenty of time to write a successful bid and submit it on time.

If you work in a standalone academy, free school or small multi-academy trust, with the support of our partners you can start the process now. We can assist in preparing a bid that could result in significant benefits for your school.

Extra Funding to Enhance Science and Music Lessons (UK)

It can often be a difficult process to receive funding for various departments in your school, academy, or MAT however there are a couple of non DFE grants currently available as a top up to your standard funding streams. 

If you’re looking for additional funding to support your school and enhance the learning experience for your pupils, this post can point you in the right direction to achieve this.

Become a PSF Master with our Live Webinar Programme

As a PS Financials (PSF) accredited support and training partner we understand how complex the software can be for users. Some processes can be time consuming and at times cumbersome, leaving you wondering is there a simpler way of doing this?