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  • Charging for educational visits Find out which educational visits you can charge for and how much you should charge. Download our handy template to help you calculate your costs. Plus, find out what to do with any money that's left over.
  • Charging for residential school trips Understand what you can and can't charge for with respect to residential trips. Read guidance on when parents may be exempt from paying for elements that are normally chargeable.
  • Charging for school activities Find out what activities and equipment you can and can't charge parents for and how to request payment.
  • Recovering debt from parents: what to do Use our step-by-step guide to find out how to proceed if a parent hasn't paid fees for things like school meals or trips. You can download our template letters to remind and warn parents when debts aren't being paid.
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  • Case study: how to make your school community your best fundraising asset Struggling to balance the budget? Lucky enough to have parents who can help out? Read on to see how Horniman Primary School has harnessed the power of the local community to double the PTA's annual fundraising income, to maintain what parents value most about the school.
  • Case study: Increase pupil numbers with a targeted marketing strategy Rural schools frequently struggle with funding and many are fighting to stay viable. Here’s how one rural academy trust used marketing to increase pupil numbers by 20% - and, as a result, boost its school’s income.
  • Fundraising ideas for small schools See expert advice and practical ways of fundraising for small or rural schools, to help you combat any challenges in generating income. Find out how one small, rural school raised £50,000 for a new classroom, and how you can too.
  • Funds and freebies: monthly highlights UpdatedFind a selection of the grants available to schools across a range of areas, and details of freebies you can access. You can also learn about cost-of-living support available for your school and community.
  • Generating income and maximising funds With uncertainties around the cost of living, you might be thinking about how to raise more money for your school. Read on for ways to make the most of your funding and post-Covid premium, how to generate extra income and how schools have put their ideas into practice.
  • How one school made £350,000 from its local high street Chris Dyson, a headteacher in one of the most deprived areas of the country, has discovered an untapped revenue stream: businesses that want to give back. Last year they helped him save £350,000 and now he says “money isn’t a problem at our school.” Chris explains how he does it, and how others can too.
  • How to develop your MAT income generation strategy Follow our step-by-step guide and use our templates to help you develop your trust’s income generation and fundraising strategy. You'll find trust and school-level templates.
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  • How to write a successful grant application Know the ins and outs of writing a successful funding application and find out about the latest opportunities.
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  • Risk protection arrangement (RPA) The RPA is open to maintained schools and academies. It's an alternative to commercial insurance and managed by the DfE. Learn what it covers, how much it costs and how to join.
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    • Academy reviews of value for money Academies must include a review of value for money in their annual accounts. Read about the purpose and structure of the review, and see examples from other academy trusts.
    • Achieving value for money: guidance and resources Read our advice on getting value for money when paying for goods and services. Find useful links to resources to help you manage your finances effectively.
    • Contracts register: template Use our template contracts register to keep a record of all of your school's contracts and service level agreements in 1 place.
    • Deciding who should manage procurement in your trust You need to set the right level of delegation when it comes to procurement, based on what’s right for your trust. Use this guidance to help you decide how centralised your procurement should be, and how to delegate key tasks.
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    • How to buy goods, works or services As a maintained school or an academy, you have a duty to get the best value for money from any contracts you enter into. Follow our step-by-step procurement guide to make sure you're buying in the right way and complying with the law.
    • How to protect a school from payment fraud Learn about what phishing is, what to look out for and how to avoid it in your school. Create a process for paying invoices and use our template to collect new supplier information.
    • How to review contracts coming up for renewal Read advice on managing and renewing your school's contracts, including setting up a contracts register. See tips on streamlining and scrutinising services to get the best value.
    • How to write a contract Here's a guide to what you should include in a contract, with advice to help you tailor this to the value and importance of what you've purchased and who you've bought from.
    • Invitations to tender: templates and examples See guidance on invitations to tender (ITT), including when you do and don't need to use them, along with examples from LAs and a school.
    • Procurement framework agreements and G-Cloud Get to grips with the benefits of using a framework agreement when buying goods and services for your school, including the government's G-cloud service.
    • School catering: improving financial efficiency See guidance from the National Audit Office (NAO) on making your catering offer more financially efficient, and read a case study from a school that saved money by sourcing milk locally.
    • Service level agreements: template and examples Download and adapt our service level agreement template. See examples of SLAs used by schools and get guidance on determining the responsibilities of each party.
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