Potential Sources of Funding for Education
There are a large number of sources of additional funding that schools and teachers can bid for that cover a large range of areas. A full list and how to apply is available here.
Schools Condition Allocation
The SCA funding is provided by the government and must be used exclusively for capital expenditure to purchase or improve assets owned or leased and should be deployed across the estate noting the key priorities for the Condition Improvement Fund:
- Keeping school buildings safe and in good working order by tacking poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency and health and safety issues with the most significant consequences that cannot be met from revenue or DFC funding
- Supporting popular, successful schools that wish to expand their existing facilities and floor space
The GLF Schools Estates Strategy document details the principles behind how the SCA will be allocated by GLF Schools.
The DfE provide licences from the following copyright management organisations (CMOs) for all primary and secondary state-funded schools including academies in England:
- Copyright Licensing Agency, for print and digital copyright content in books, journals and magazines
- Schools Printed Music Licence, for printed music
- Newspaper Licensing Agency, for newspapers and magazines
- Educational Recording Agency, for recording and use of radio and television programmes
- Filmbank and Motion Picture Licensing Company, for showing of films
- Performing Right Society for Music, Phonographic Performance Ltd. and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, for playing and recording music
- Christian Copyright Licensing International, for hymns and other Christian music
Further details available here
ICO (Data Protection) Registration
All schools are covered by GLF Schools’ registration and there is no need for individual schools to register.
Organisation name: GLF Schools
Registration reference: Z2747504
The ERA Licence allows you to copy broadcast material to use as part of a lesson. It also allows the use of certain on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, All4, ITV Player, My5, and S4C (On Demand). Holding an ERA licence means that an institution can not only copy but also retain broadcast material. It allows institutions to build up libraries with valuable resources to be used when teaching
Funded Schools (including Academies that are schools) in England are now covered by an agreement between ERA and the Department for Education under which licence fees are paid centrally by the Department for Education. Relevant Funded Schools remain responsible for compliance with ERA Licence terms. To obtain details about your licence or to get a copy, please contact the Centre for Education and Finance Management (CEFM) on 01494 836235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Academies and the Local Authority
The new DfE guidance on data collection and the Liberty email make clear that schools should inform parents (or pupils deemed mature enough to make the decision) that they can refuse to provide information on nationality, country of birth, first language or Service Child status.
Parents (or pupils deemed mature enough) can decide to retract nationality and country of birth information previously provided and this will be removed from DfE systems.
With regard to birth certificates, it is clear that schools should not ask to see the birth certificate to verify information on country of birth and nationality for Census purposes. However, primary and nursery schools will want to see the birth certificate to verify a pupil’s date of birth on entry to education.
The DfE re-confirms that data on nationality, country of birth and proficiency in English has not, and will not, be passed to the Home Office or anyone else.
The DfE further states that, as has always been the case, where the police or Home Office have clear evidence that a child may be at risk or there is evidence of criminal activity, including illegal immigration, limited data including a pupil’s address and school details may be requested from the National Pupil database. This does not, and will not, include data on nationality, country of birth and proficiency in English.