Meet coronavirus costs from existing budgets, DfE tells schools

It has been confirmed that schools should meet the costs of wider reopening from their existing budgets, following updated guidance from the Department for Education (DfE). The updated guidance sets out how and for what schools can claim exceptional costs associated with coronavirus for the period from March to July 2020.

The areas which schools can claim for are increased premises costs related to schools staying open during the Easter and half term holidays for vulnerable children and the children of key workers; support for free school meals for eligible children who are not attending school; and additional cleaning - but only where this is as a result of one or more confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus at a school. Any other additional cleaning is not covered by the fund, despite schools being advised to increase the routine cleaning of workspaces and equipment in separate DfE guidance.

Furthermore schools are only eligible for reimbursement where the additional costs associated with coronavirus would result in a school having to use historic surpluses or increase the size of a historic deficit or prevent the planned repayment of a historic deficit. Where schools are unable to meet up-front payments related to coronavirus because of cash-flow issues, the DfE advises that ‘schools should follow the normal process for seeking short-term advances to support their cash flow by contacting the ESFA if they are an academy, or their local authority if they are a maintained school.’

Full DfE reimbursement guidance:

Latest Edition

Download the latest print issue of Greensheets:

November 30, 2020 (PDF 3.91 MB)

School Vacancies / Greensheets

Adverts on this website also appear in the Greensheets: Vacancies in Schools printed bulletin.

Greensheets: Vacancies in Schools has been published weekly, in term time, since 1997 and consists of two bulletins: one for teaching staff and one for support staff jobs. It is distributed to more than 1400 schools across 13 education authority areas and posted to be received early in the working week.

New advertisements are updated on this website on Mondays throughout every school term to coincide with the distribution of the paper bulletin.


Greensheets is produced by SPIKE Publications Ltd. Contact us by telephone or email, or use the quick contact form.

Mailing List

Join our mailing list to receive the latest vacancy bulletin via email each week in term time

For details about how we gather and use the information we collect, please see our Privacy & Cookie Policy