Schools finance

The school finance team provide support, advice and challenge to maintained schools, special schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRU).

Schools Funding Forum

The Trafford Schools Funding Forum are public meetings that play an important role in school funding.

Schools forums were established to give schools greater involvement in the distribution of funding within their local authority and to act as a consultative and advisory funding body.

The forums include representatives from maintained schools, academies, early years providers, dioceses, trade unions and post-16 providers.

The forum has set up two working groups to discuss specific issues and their impact on individual schools before producing draft proposals:

  • Mainstream funding
  • High needs block

The dates for meetings in 2023/24 are, with venues to be confirmed:

  • Tuesday 20 June 2023 
  • Tuesday 7 November 2023 
  • Tuesday 16 January 2024 
  • Tuesday 12 March 2024 

All meetings are being held on teams until further notice. If you want to attend, email for an invite.

Schools forum memberships

Meeting documents including agendas, minutes and reports

Scheme for financing schools

Each Local Authority has a scheme for financing schools. The Scheme defines the financial relationship and requirements between us and the Schools/ Pupil Referral Units that it maintains.

Section 251 statements

School budget statements for financial years as required under Section 251 and published in accordance with the Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations.