• Status: Closed

  • Key features: The Department for Education wants to find innovative and practical new ways to engage and enable schools to become more financially efficient, healthy and sustainable. 

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £200,000 

  • Opens: 11 Jan 2016, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 24 Feb 2016, 12:00

  • Closes: 03 Mar 2016, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Schools financial health


Department for Education logoThe Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for education and children's services in England. It works to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.  DfE is a ministerial department, supported by 9 agencies and public bodies. 
Good financial health in all schools is critical to good business management and to good outcomes for pupils. The Government has protected funding for schools, which will rise as pupil numbers increase. However, as with other public services, schools will need to take action to improve value for money due to the costs pressures on their budgets.  DfE want to identify a whole sector, long term, and sustainable approach so that schools can meet this challenge. Despite a wealth of information being available to schools, we know that not all schools have the capacity, and/ or skills to manage their finances as effectively as they could, and that there is currently a wide range in the amount and quality of engagement within school leadership teams. 
Through this competition, DfE wants to find innovative and practical new ways to engage and enable schools to become more financially efficient, healthy and sustainable. We want to help schools to change the way that they think about and respond to financial health and efficiency, and find practical solutions to enable schools to become more efficient and sustainable. 
A total of up to £200,000 (inc. VAT) is allocated to this Phase 2 only competition.  The value of phase 2 development contracts will be for up to £100,000 (inc VAT)  per application and for up to 12 months duration. 

Briefing event

DfE intends holding a briefing event for potential applicants in February 2016.  Applicants and potential developers should be willing to participate fully at the event and as the competition progresses.
For further information or to register for the briefing event please contact Ian Everett.
Interested organisations should register their interest in attending the briefing event with DfE by email by no later than 25 January 2016. 

How to apply

All bids should be made using the Application Form; instructions on how to access this document and other competition material are available below.

Key dates

Open date 11 January 2016
Registration date 24 February 2016 12.00 noon 
Close date 3 March 201612.00 noon 

Supporting documents & links