Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS)

Governing boards of schools have formal responsibility for the financial management of their schools. Maintained schools are required to submit an annual School Financial Values Standard (SFVS) self-assessment to the local authority to provide assurance that secure financial management is in place. 

School self-assessment

Governors of all maintained schools (inc nursery schools and PRUs with delegated budgets) must show compliance with the School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) by completing a SFVS self-assessment form.

SFVS self-assessments must:

  • demonstrate compliance against the SFVS
  • include a summary of remedial actions with specified deadlines and agreed owners, to be monitored by the Governors 
  • be signed by the Chair of Governors and
  • be submitted to the local authority in March each year. 

To make the most of the self-assessment process governing boards are encouraged to keep the SFVS as a 'live' document and to gather supporting evidence throughout the year. 

Information for academies

The DfE are trialing the data-based tool in a version for academies, which can be found at School resource management self-assessment tool.


SFVS Assessment Form

Seld Assessment form to be completed by the governing boards of maintained schools

Go to DfE page

SFVS Support notes 2018-19

Guidance and examples of good practice for schools.


SFVS Additional resources 2018-19

Additional resource from the DfE to help maintained schools review the roles, and competencies, of governors and school staff.

Go to DfE page
Last update: Friday 12th of March 2021 11:32:23 AM