Our purpose, quite simply, is to help create circumstances in which successful teaching and learning can take place.
Managing schools to sustain such good provision is demanding and requires effective support services. The current challenging financial context means that we all need to test value for money and ensure we are using our core resources to best effect.
Good quality support and business services are essential and the council is committed to delivering high value, efficient services and acting on feedback from schools and academies. It is important for all concerned that we get this right and our services are seen as a positive factor in promoting good education.
Accountancy Finance Advise and VAT
Dorset Financial Service's Schools Accountancy Support Team provides acomprehensive financial advice and information service to maintained mainstream schools, special schools and learning centres. A comprehensive VAT advisory service is also provided by a VAT specialist. BENEFITSThe service provides schools with the meansto understand, plan and manage their finances effectively. The Team has expertise and experience in how school funding works, in DCC financial systems and in financial reporting. Team members regularly review the systems used by schools and introduce improvements where feasible. The following services are provided as partof the SLA charge;• Financial Advice• Financial Accounting • Consistent Financial Reporting• Vat Advice FINANCIAL ADVICE• Funding arrangements for schools, including the impact of changes in Government and Local Authority (LA) policy. • Changes to budgets during the year.• Financial procedures within the LA, for example payment methods and financial coding. • Employer’s on costs, pay awards and other costing issues.• Publish a monthly newsletter confirming when reports are available and summarising the main developments affecting school reports. • Provide advice and guidance on the production and interpretation of the reports. • Operation of a dedicated helpline for schools for their financial queries. • Monthly cash advances to fully “cash funded” schools. • Provide "cash funded" schools with a breakdown of charges and income for each cash advance• Reconcile payments to "cash funded" schools to ensure the correct amount has been given over the financial year. FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING • Produce and distribute the monthly autorec files.• Provide electronic virement forms to record schools budget movements between budget headings. • Provide electronic journal forms to record schools coding amendments. • Provide schools with a form that allows transfers of costs between several schools• Monitoring of school's bank balances and transfer of “excess” amounts to DCC’s central account. • Provide bankline administration to allow Schools to view bank statements on line. • Provide a monthly analysis of changes to schools’ funding allocations, plus any guidance required to understand these changes. • Provide monthly payroll reports to finance officers who are responsible for 'secondary' cost centres. • Provide access to enable the use of DESCONSISTENT FINANCIAL REPORTING (CFR)• As part of the closing of accounts process, details are provided of central transactions posted in period 13 for schools to update their local accounting systems. • Confirm schools end of year balances to be transferred to the next financial year. • The Team circulates a list of GL accounts detailing the expenditure and income GL accounts appearing in DES reports and their correct CFR category. Continual review of CFR procedures allows the team to provide advice and updated GL accounts as necessary. • The Team works closely with the SAFSO Team to produce guidance on how to complete CFR returns. • It processes CFR returns and submits them to the DfE on the school’s behalf.VAT ADVICE• Help and advice is provided for queries and compliance and legislative VAT issues, either by in-house staff or via referral to VAT consultants (additional charges may apply for complex cases). • N.B. The scheme of financial management allows the authority to recover any penalties imposed on it by HM Revenue & Customs, from the budget share of the school involved, in certain circumstances. ADDITIONAL SERVICESTRAININGPlease note that there is an additional charge for training. Bookings may be made through NEXUSFinance briefing sessions are held in conjunction with Children's Services as appropriate. Please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 01305 221511
Early Years and Childcare Qualifications
Qualification advice and funding for Dorset's early years and childcare workforce.
Contact the workforce team
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Online courses for those working in early years and childcare settings.