Business Support

GLF Business Support Manager

Sarah Lynagh Tel: 0208 716 4947

Who to contact in the GLF Central Operations team - for Business Leaders October 2017

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 allocation for 2015 to 2018 is available here. A summary of the GLF Board's decision on allocation is available here.

The list of projects which have been approved for funding in 2017-18 is available here. A ‘Briefing paper for LGBs’ is available here.

GLF Schools Partnership Fee

GLF Schools provides a core central provision for all GLF schools which is covered by the partnership fee. Further details are available here.

Copyright Licenses

The DfE provide licences from the following copyright management organisations (CMOs) for all primary and secondary state-funded schools including academies in England:

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

ERA License

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

Retention of Records in School

Information Records Management in School IRMS guidance document

Information Management Toolkit for Schools

How long should records be kept.docx

School Website Statutory Requirements

Publishing information on Websites statutory requirements March 2017.doc

Academies and the Local Authority

Relationship between academies and the local authority.docx

Data Collection

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.