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Schools financial value standards (SFVS)

Tailored training

This course is only available on a consultancy basis where we come to you.

Course description

Schools are now required to self-assess their financial management procedures and controls annually, and to identify any areas of non-compliance for further action. The responsibility is placed on governors who, in conjunction with school leaders and school business leaders, are left to make judgements about whether the school delivers good value for money and maintains appropriate and safe controls. This programme helps participants to understand the wider process, explores a plan of attack and provides quick tips for good relationships with internal auditors and a successful outcome to the SFVS process.


Please bring a laptop to make the most of supported activity sessions.
Key documents will be provided for quick reference.

Course facilitator

Larraine Cooper

Aim of this course

  • understand the key requirements of SFVS and the role the Department for Education expects governors to play in its implementation 
  • examine pertinent support documents within the Standard, and be aware of how to access other support guidance documents
  • prepare an action plan to facilitate the delivery of a successful local authority financial assessment and audit
  • explore ways of completing this important self-assessment effectively and efficiently
  • empower participants to work positively with local authority internal auditors and integrate SFVS requirements with those of their internal audit team

This course is suitable for

Governors, head teachers, school leaders and school business leaders who will be actively involved in the SFVS self-assessment process.