A tool to help special free schools plan their budget.


Special free schools: financial template 2019 to 2020

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Completing the special free school 2019 to 2020: financial template

Ref: DfE-00099-2019PDF, 88.3KB, 9 pages


This budget planning tool is for:

  • groups proposing to open a special free school for children with special educational needs or disabilities
  • open special free schools

It gives an indicative funding allocation based on the size, phase and location of the school.

If you applying to open a special free school, you should also complete the application forms.

You can also read the special free schools revenue funding guide.


Published 7 November 2014
Last updated 22 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated Special free schools: financial template 2019 to 2020.
  2. Updated for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.
  3. Updated both documents for the 2018 to 2019 academic year.
  4. Updated financial template spreadsheet to include the correct rate for risk protection assurance.
  5. Updated both documents for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.
  6. Updated both documents for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
  7. Revised both documents for the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
  8. All documents updated in February 2015 to reflect known changes to funding rates. Revised versions including 2015 to 2016 funding rates should be available at the end of March 2015.
  9. First published.