Improved schools' benchmarking service launched

05 September 2017

An improved schools' financial benchmarking service has been launched online by the DfE following feedback from users. The service enables LA-maintained schools and academies to compare their performance data and spending levels with schools that share similar characteristics such as:

  • pupil numbers

  • school phase/type

  • proportion of pupils with special educational needs

  • proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals

  • proportion of pupils with English as an additional language

The department will continue to develop and improve the service based on users’ feedback, which can be submitted on the website. For general queries about the service functions, email

The DfE said the benchmarking service will help school leaders and governors consider how they can use available resources to have maximum impact in supporting high-quality teaching and ensuring the best possible educational outcomes for their pupils.