May 03, 2023


The Academies Planning Calendar issued by the ESFA can be found here.

The key deadlines for the academic year:

  • September 2023
    • The Academy Trust Handbook 2023 comes into effect
  • October 2023
    • Complete autumn school census
  • December 2023
    • Trusts submit their 2022 to 2023 audited financial statements, auditor’s management letter, annual summary internal scrutiny report and accounts submission coversheet by 31 December
  • January 2024
    • Complete and submit the accounts return online form by 19 January
    • Trusts publish their 2022 to 2023 audited financial statements on their website by 31 January
    • Schools resource management self-assessment tool (SRMSAT) online form available
  • February 2024
    • Academies must determine their admission arrangements for entry in September 2025 by 28 February
    • Academies must publish their admissions appeals timetable for 2024 on their website by 28 February
  • March 2024
    • Academies must publish their admission arrangements for entry in September 2025 on their website and send a copy to their local authority by 15 March
    • Trusts complete and submit the school resource management self-assessment tool (SRMSAT) by 15 March
    • ESFA publishes the Academies Accounts Direction, Model Accounts and Auditor Guide for 2023 to 2024
  • April 2024
    • ESFA publishes guidance and workbook for the budget forecast return
  • May 2024
    • Complete summer school census
    • Trusts must submit their audited financial statements to Companies House within 9 months of the end of the accounting period which is 31 May
    • Academies must submit the unaudited End of Year Certificate to Teachers’ Pension Scheme by 31 May
  • June 2024
    • ESFA publishes the 2023 to 2024 Academy Trust Handbook
  • July 2024
    • Complete and submit the budget forecast return


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