An improved schools financial benchmarking service has been launched online by the Department for Education (DfE) following feedback from users.
The service enables local authority-maintained schools and academies to compare their performance data and spending levels with schools that share similar characteristics such as:
- pupil numbers
- school phase/type
- proportion of pupils with special educational needs
- proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals
- proportion of pupils with English as an additional language
The DfE will continue to develop and improve the service based on users’ feedback, which can be submitted through the benchmarking website. For general queries about the service functions, email [email protected].
The benchmarking service will help school leaders and governors consider how they can use available resources to have maximum impact in supporting high-quality teaching and ensuring the best possible educational outcomes for their pupils.
The site reports information at multi-academy trust (MAT) level as well as at individual school level. Users can search using a MAT name and see both the total spending in various categories as well as all of the individual schools. However benchmarking is only done at school level.