Each local authority is required to have a Scheme for Financing Schools, which defines the financial relationship between the authority and the schools in its area. Schemes cover such matters as banking, accounting and audit arrangements. Guidance published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) describes what is to be included in Schemes.
In Buckinghamshire, against the background of the new and inter-related duties of local authorities, headteachers and governing bodies arising from the Education and Inspections Act 2006, and the Children’s Act 2004,1 we have identified the need for a scheme with a wider scope. The purpose of this scheme is both to meet the statutory requirement described above, and to provide a clearer definition of the working relationship between the authority and its schools in non-financial matters, notably in relation to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people, and the development of their well-being. This is intended to strengthen the relationship between schools and the authority and to improve joint working.
The following Annexes are attached to, and form part of, this Scheme:
The following Notes are associated with this Scheme and may be read with it. They are intended to provide guidance for governors and governing bodies: