Page last updated 27 March 2015

Budget and Funding Information

Budget Top Ups and School Transfers

With effect from April 2013, budget top ups and school cash transfers will be delivered via both monthly and quarterly payments to school bank accounts.  An updated explanatory note is provided below:

Any funding queries should be directed by email to the address provided against each funding stream as shown in the top up date file as follows:  

When using the Budget Top Ups excel file, please can schools ensure they press the “Reveal All” button after having entered their 7 digit cost centre (e.g. NEB0000) to ensure all of their information is shown.

Maintained schools should also ensure that all top ups are loaded against the appropriate subjective/ Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) code which is shown on the website info.

2015-16 EYSFF (Early Year Single Funding Formula) 3 & 4 Year Olds Indicative Budgets

A consolidated information spreadsheet tool showing indicative EYSFF 3 & 4 year olds indicative budgets for 2014-15 is now available.  Please enter your establishment number on the first worksheet in the excel file below (a list is available in the document) - this will populate with available information which you can view, amend and print as required:

2015-16 Special School Budgets

Top Ups from April 2015 onwards are shown in the excel file below:

Special School Indicative Budgets are now available to review. Please note we are still reviewing and they are subject to Schools Forum and the Director’s decisions on the 2015-16 high needs funding arrangements.

Notes to the look up tool are within the excel file (both guidance tabs contain the same text but displayed in different ways)

October 14 has been used as the base for the top up estimates. This will allow us to use October 15 next year with the aim that we can issue special schools indicative budgets earlier. The changes identified in schools January 15 returns will be reflected in the top up payments to be made from April 15. In 3 special schools the actual number of pupils was below the 14-15 academic year place numbers. The 15-16 place numbers have not been reduced to reflect this. However, if this continues we may liaise with the EFA to reduce the relevant place numbers for the 16-17 academic year. 

2015-16 Primary and Secondary School and Academy Budgets

Updated 27/03/15. Following difficulties with opening the last file, the budget file has been rebuilt. If you still experience problems opening the file please contact the help desk. 

Please note: The indicative high needs funding amounts given do NOT include top ups agreed via the High Needs Funding Panel. Information confirming panel funding to continue in 2015/16, and new arrangements agreed at panel, will be communicated directly to schools.

This budget look-up tool includes additional indicative information on High Needs funding and numbers, Devolved Formula Capital Grant (maintained schools only) and Early Years Single Funding Formula (EYSFF) funding. The main schools funding formula funding remains unchanged from what we previously published on our website as this was set in January.

On the first spreadsheet of the latest budget look-up tool the place funding for SEN Units and Resourced Provision are shown in the top half of the look-up tool and the top-up for SEN units on the lower (indicative) half of the tool.

Please note that the previous budget look-up tool had an incorrect description in cell B18, this actually showed SEN Unit funding for places and the indicative top-up amount and not just place funding as originally described. 

If you have any questions on this information please e-mail –

Main schools funding formula –
SEN units and resourced provision –
Pupil Growth –
High Needs Business Support Team

Maintained schools budget proformas will be issued by Friday and should be returned by no later than 1st May 2015. 

Pupil Growth 15-16

The eligibility criteria for the use of the Growth Fund 2015-16:

2014-15 Special Schools Budgets

A consolidated information sheet showing special school budgets for 2014-15 is now available. Please enter your establishment number on the first worksheet in the excel file below (a list is available in the document if you are not sure) - this will populate the schools information which you can view and print as required:

Primary and Secondary School and Academy Budgets

Indicative 2015-16 Primary and Secondary School and Academy Budgets are shown above.

Please enter your establishment number on the first worksheet in the excel file below (a list is available in the document if you are not sure) - this will populate the summary sheet plus supporting pages which you can view and print as required:

2014-15 EYSFF (Early Year Single Funding Formula) 3 & 4 Year Olds Indicative Budgets

A consolidated information sheet showing indicative EYSFF budgets for 2014-15 is now available.  A separate briefing note is also available for guidance.  Please enter your establishment number on the first worksheet in the excel file below (a list is available in the document if you are not sure) - this will populate the schools information which you can view and print as required:

Important Funding Information for Schools with Sixth Forms

Information on the changes to 16-19 funding for the 2014 to 2015 academic year are set out in the letter from Peter Mucklow on 10 December and are explained in a series of slides from the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

These cover:

  • areas where funding policy is changing
  • funding per student update
  • 16-19 allocations for 2014 to 2015
  • high needs funding.

The slides can be found at the following link:

Should you have any queries please send them to:

Universal Infant Free School Meal


Revenue 2015-16

The department has published the details and calculator for the universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) provisional and final allocations for the 2015-2016 UIFSM grant to schools. For the academic year 2015 to 2016, a provisional allocation of UIFSM grant to schools will be based on the final allocation for academic year 2014 to 2015. A final allocation for academic year 2015 to 2016 will be calculated in June 2016, based on take-up recorded in the October 2015 and January 2016 School Censuses. The conditions of grant also confirms that the rate per meal will remain at £2.30 for the 2015-16 academic year.
In addition to the main allocations above, schools with 150 or fewer pupils on roll (including nursery classes), as recorded on the January 2015 School Census will receive an extra flat payment of £2,300, in recognition of the additional costs that small schools incur.
The conditions of grant and calculator can be found on the website.

Capital and Revenue Allocations 2014-15 (LA Maintained Schools)

Update 10 July 14:

All Nourish Schools will be invoiced for Universal Infant Free School Meals funding allocations in October 2014. This will be calculated on 87% eligibility of pupils on roll on the January 2014 School’s Census. In line with Department for Education funding, invoices will be adjusted in the third term according to actual take up.

Update June: Following the Government announcement regarding Universal Infant Free School meals capital funding, the workbook below provides the amount allocated to eligible maintained schools. (Voluntary Aided Schools should contact their Diocese).  The allocations are based on a per pupil (R, Y1 & 2) basis with a lump sum of £5000 for infant schools (figures based on October 2013 Census).

The allocations will be devolved to schools under the schools transfer arrangements in the first couple of months of the 2014/15 financial year.

Guidance is being sought from the DfE regarding some schools who are imminently converting to academy status regarding their capital allocations.

Information on revenue funding for 2014-15 has been provided by the Department for Education. A summary of the key points is provided in the document below along with the link to the relevant Government website:

2014-15 School Budgets - January 2014 Information

Schools and Academies Indicative Budget for 2014-15

2013-14 School and Academy Budgets

A consolidated information sheet showing confirmed and indicative budgets for 2013-14 is now available.  A separate briefing note is also available for guidance.  Please enter your establishment number (a list is available if you are not sure) on the worksheet below - this will populate the summary sheet plus supporting pages which you can view and print as required:

Schools Block Funding Formula 2013-14

High Needs Funding

Full details including online application forms are now available on the High Needs Funding webpage.

Early Years Funding

Please visit the Early Years website where further information is available.

We are also providing a lookup tool for early years schools as follows:

Other Funding


Pupil Premium - Updated 27 June 2014

Allocations of MAIN* Pupil Premium Grant for 2014-15:

The MAIN* Pupil Premium Grant will be paid 5/12ths in the October Transfers and 7/12ths in the January Transfers.

*FSM6, Service Child & Post-LAC

If a school thinks they have been given the wrong amount of Pupil Premium we suggest contacting the EFA (Education Funding Agency). The allocations are given to NCC by the EFA who base their information on census returns. Please see conditions of grant link above to determine which census returns are used for FSMever6, Looked after children (LAC), post-LAC, Service Children (SC).


Summer Schools 14-15

The Summer Schools Allocation will be paid 50% in the July Transfers and 50% in the November transfers. Academies receive payment direct from EFA.

Update: 30 April 2014

The Department for Education has published the Pupil Premium 2014-15 Conditions of Grant for local authorities

You will wish to note the following important changes for 2014-15:

  • the cohort of looked after children who attract the premium includes children looked after from the first day of care rather than, as previously, only those who had been looked after for six months or more;
  • funding for looked after children, for 2014-15, will be retained by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority rather than passed down to schools as previously. We would expect that once the VSH has identified and agreed the programme of activity with the school the pupil attends,  the funding would be passed down;
  • a looked after child will attract the Pupil Premium of £1,900, but will not additionally attract the “Ever 6 FSM” premium of £1,300 or £935.    A looked after child can still attract the Service Child Premium if eligible; and
  • the conditions of grant for 2014-15 make it a requirement for local authorities to pass down pupil premium funding to special PRUs and non-maintained special schools.  It was considered that the previous arrangements, which gave LAs flexibility to retain this funding or pass it down to schools, may not result in the best use of resources as these schools were receiving funding for some of their pupil premium pupils but not others.  Special academies and free schools, and AP academies and free schools will receive funding directly from the Education Funding Agency.

Year 7 Catch Up Funding 2014-15

Primary PE and Sports Grant 2014-15

Devolved Formula Capital

Devolved formula Capital (DFC) funding allocations for 2014-15 have been provided by the Education Funding Agency. There are three relevant documents available on the GOV.UK website:

For non-VA maintained schools the allocations will be provided in the June 14 transfers.

Budget Planning Guide

We have produced a guide to budget planning which explains the process and factors to be taken into account when producing a school budget:

Bank Advances

Budget Planning Tools

The latest version of the tools available for schools to use in their budget planning are available below. Please save the file in a location of your choice and enable macros (if requested) when you open it.

We would strongly recommend that you print any notes or other guidance included with the tools which will help you in utilising the information required.

Cash Flow Monitoring

All schools are advised to monitor their cash flow throughout the year to ensure that they have sufficient funds in their bank account. An example of a cash flow spreadsheet is available below:

In the event that a school has to apply for an accelerated cash advance, they will be required to provide a copy of the above spreadsheet.

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