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How much funding do schools get, what do they spend it on and why are some more efficient than others?

Our report, published this month, is a guide for the education supply sector into school spending patterns, effective use of funding, the pressures on schools to address government initiatives and how the amounts each school will get in the new model will differ. It has a commercial focus, offering suggestions, and is accompanied by a full set of supporting data on virtually every school and academy in England. Here's a summary of the report's contents. A sample of the report and data can be found at


Which kinds of schools will do better from the new funding model?  

Which kinds of schools will do better from the new funding model?

Schools are hard up, there's no doubt about it, but soon, some will be better off than they have been. How can you tell which will be, and why? What will be the impact on their spending behaviours and how can you identify suitable market segments? Also includes a complete guide to the proposed new funding model.

What makes a school efficient (or not) according to the DfE?  

What makes a school efficient (or not) according to the DfE?

The DfE has recently defined efficiency and given schools an efficiency metric: a decile figure based on its efficiency compared to a family of 50 similar schools. We've unpicked the formula, and applied it to each individual school's data, allowing us to see the differences between schools to understand what makes efficient spending.

What do schools spend money on, and how is it changing?  

What do schools spend money on, and how is it changing?

Looking at the way schools have spent their funds over the last five years gives a good picture of the current trends in spending on resources, staffing and so on. There are clear differences in the way schools use additional funding too. Plus we look at the pressure on schools, eg to avoid coasting, and suggest how new pressures might affect spending.

  Report contents  

Current savers and efficient schools
Efficiency and school type
Impact of school size on efficiency
Are better schools more efficient?
Saver schools
How well are school making ends meet?
How schools are making savings

Efficiency and spending
What do efficient schools spend budget on?
Teaching staff
Supply staff
Support staff
Resource spending
Educational consultancy
Other factors

School spending trends
Pupil premium fund spending on resources
Education support staff
Regional variation in resource spending


About the NFF
Why is the NFF needed?

NFF winners and losers
Regional NFF variation
Regional variation in performance and the NFF
Regional variation in efficiency
Variation by school type
Ofsted rating and the NFF
MATs and the NFF
Which efficient schools benefit from NFF?

Matching pressures on schools and funding
Coasting schools


Educational intelligence data

We have combined, rationalised and analysed school and academy funding, spending, performance, progress, census, demographic and MAT membership data, along with our own modelling of  coasting schools and the DfE's anticipations for future funding for each school into one central resource to support educational suppliers with their market segmentation and sales activities.

The best way to see what's included is via


How to get it

The report and data are available to download. Costs (excluding VAT):

  • Report: £500
  • Data £500
  • Both together £900 (BESA member discount price: £800)

We also offer consultancy on how to make the most of schools' data in your own organisation.


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If you'd like to know more, please contact Philip Collie, 01242 262906


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