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Apprenticeship levy

Where the apprenticeship levy is charged to a school where we employ the staff, it can either be spread across lines E01 to E07 if that is most convenient, or entered as a lump sum in E08.

Unique Taxpayer Reference

Our schools who provide early years clubs or after schools clubs and want to sign up to tax-free childcare but do not have their own UTR number can use Central Bedfordshire’s UTR number 2107311048. More information can be found on this HMRC letter (PDF 39.2KB) .

Schools finance seminar, 14 June 2017

The next schools finance seminar will take place on Wednesday 14 June at the Rufus Centre (link opens in new window) in Flitwick. Due to technical issues, we're not able to accept online bookings for this seminar. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

To book, please email

Information: 40% savings from new printer deal

The Department for Education (DfE) has worked with Canon on a money-saving deal for school printers (link opens in new window).

The deal is part of the schools’ buying strategy (link opens in new window) that aims to make buying easier and offer the best value for schools. Early feedback is positive with schools regularly reporting savings of more than 40%.

DfE has secured this deal under a framework competition process so there's no need for schools to get 3 quotes. All you need to do is choose your device and place your order.

Canon has set up a help desk for schools, on 0800 029 4981 to answer questions.


All academies and 16 to 19 providers can get in touch with ESFA through the online enquiry form (link opens in new window).

Fraud alert: Payment refund contact

Read more about payment refund fraud (PDF 81.3KB)

Fraud alert: Fraudulent payment request

Read more about payment request fraud (PDF 97.9KB)

New school financial benchmarking data

The Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) 2015-16 data is now available on the Schools Financial Benchmarking (link opens in new window) website.

The CFR data will be published as part of the 2016 Performance Tables for primary and secondary schools by the end of February. The publication will be at individual school level using grouped categories of income and expenditure. The full raw data will also be available to download and any data that could lead to the identification of individual staff salaries will be suppressed.

School Census data for January 2016 has been used to populate the pupil numbers and the November 2015 Workforce data has been used to populate the staff numbers.

Where schools convert to academy status within the financial year, a CFR return is required for the period to conversion. For any queries relating to CFR codes or the benchmarking website, please send an email to

NatWest branch closures

Please fill in this form (PDF 48.5KB) to let us know how you use the branches of NatWest due to close.

RM Finance is moving online

Read about how RM Finance is moving online (PDF 5.9KB)

School food in England

Download Departmental Guidance for Governing Bodies (PDF 161.8KB)

Securing Pupil Premium Funding

Download our letter to all directors of children's services (PDF 32.2KB)
Download our model registration form (PDF 88.6KB)

HMRC guidance for local authorities and voluntary aided schools

HMRC has released new guidance for local authorities and voluntary aided (VA) schools. You may now claim for expenditure going back to year 2010 / 2011 if the expenditure falls within the new rules.

Please ensure that you attach any invoice you are claiming for to your VAT return.

Further information can be found under Finance Regulations on our financial regulations page. Any queries should be directed to Connie Bentley on 0300 300 4554 or Parmjit Teji on 0300 300 4081.