Last reviewed 14 September 2021

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has confirmed that the programme to provide free resource management advice to schools has been extended for the next three years.

Baroness Berridge, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, said: “We are continuing to provide independent School Resource Management Advisers (SRMAs) to work with trusts and local authorities free of charge over the next three years after the continued success of the programme since the 2017/18 pilot.”

The Institute of School Business Leadership and North Yorkshire County Council have been commissioned to recruit and manage a cohort of at least 200 accredited SRMAs until August 2024.

Since the 2017/18 academic year, SRMAs have worked with over 1000 settings to provide expert support to help them make best use of their available resources to provide the best possible education for their pupils.

Any savings are kept by schools to reinvest into priority areas.

“It is clear from the feedback we have received from schools and trusts to date that SRMAs have become system leaders and vital partners, in the same way as National Leaders of Education and National Leaders of Governance,” Baroness Berridge said.

She has encouraged any establishment that has yet to work with an SRMA to come forward to take advantage of this free expert support.

Anyone who would like further details is advised to contact the ESFA via this form.

More details of financial planning and resource management tools, training, information and guidance for schools and academy trusts can be found here.