Financial Transparency of local authority maintained schools and academy trusts

Closed 30 Sep 2019

Opened 17 Jul 2019

Results updated 2 Apr 2020

The publication of the consultation response has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will provide more information in due course.


The purpose of this consultation is to outline the current financial transparency arrangements for academy trusts and maintained schools, and to consider possible changes.  While both types of school are now funded through a specific grant – the DSG for maintained schools and General Annual Grant for academy trusts – current financial transparency arrangements are different and provide different levels of assurance.

The Department has been looking at ways of improving transparency in the financial health of LA maintained schools, and believe that a number of transparency measures currently used in the academy trust sector could be adapted for LA maintained schools.


Please ensure that you have read the document "LA Financial Transparency Consultation" below before completing the online survey.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Parents


  • Education
  • Financial management