Yesterday (14th September) was a very busy day at the DfE. They announced two very significant changes that will impact on schools.
The Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, confirmed the details of a new fairer funding system for schools in England, putting an end to the historic postcode lottery that saw huge differences in funding between similar schools in different parts of the country.
The NFF will provide funding gains for schools across England, allocating:
an increase in the basic amount allocated for every pupil;
a minimum per pupil funding level for both secondaries (£4800) and primaries (£3500) to target the lowest funded schools;
a minimum cash increase for every school of one per cent per pupil by 2019-20, with the most underfunded schools seeing rises of three per cent per pupil in 2018-19 and 2019-20
a £110,000 lump sum for every school to help with fixed costs, and an additional £26million to rural and isolated schools to help them manage their unique challenges
The core funding for schools and high needs will rise from almost £41.0 billion in 2017-18 to £42.4 billion in 2018-19. In 2019-20 it will rise again to £43.5 billion.
Alongside the formula published for schools today, the government also confirmed reforms to funding for children and young people with high needs. Every local authority will see a minimum increase of 0.5% per head in 2018-19, and 1% per head in 2019-20
Underfunded local authorities will receive up to 3% per head gains a year for the next two years. Overall, local authorities will gain 4.6% on average on their high needs budgets
For full details visit the DfE website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-funding-formula-for-schools-and-high-needs
Later in the day she announced the government’s response to the consultations on Primary assessment and the recommendations from the Rochford Review.
For a short breakdown of the changes to primary assessment click here.
For a short breakdown of the changes based on the Rochford Review click here.