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Page last updated: 20/03/2024

​​​​​Schools Finance Team

We have a statutory role in:

  • calculating delegated funding for schools
  • monitoring schools' budgets
  • challenging and supporting schools in financial difficulties
  • monitoring the use of accumulated balances held by the schools
  • supporting the return of Consistent Financial Reports to the DfE

You should contact us if:

  • you have a question about your school budget
  • you are a school in financial difficulties
  • you have questions about Consistent Financial Reporting

​Contact the Team

You can also contact us using our team number: 0333013 8987. We may not always be able to answer your call. If this is the case, please leave a message. The line will ring for 40 seconds before you can do this.

You can also email  ​

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Secure Area

If you are already logged in to the secure area, you can select the following links. If not, you can access the finance secure area homepage by clicking on the login button below.
  • Latest Information - Links to the latest site content & news items

  • School Funding -  Information on funding allocations & the Essex funding formula

  • School Returns - Guidance & forms for school returns to the Local Authority

  • Late Returns - Check these lists to see if we have received your returns by the published deadlines

  • Finance Tools - A range of tools to help schools with budget planning and monitoring

  • General Guidance - Information for schools on issues such as:

    • bank account guidance

    • school ledger code lists

    • CFR guidance

    • finance regulations

  • Schools Procurement - Guidance for schools on procurement issues. This includes traded services offered by Essex County Council, leases & copyright licences

  • Internal Audit & Counter-fraud

  • Useful Contacts - A list of Local Authority contacts to help schools resolve​ queries

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