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The National Governors’ Association welcomes plans for a new national funding formula for schools announced today by the chancellor, George Osborne, in his autumn statement to the House of Commons.
Its implementation will be preceded by a consultation led by the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, which will begin in the New Year. But Osborne promised that from 2017 the new formula would start to be introduced, saying: “We are going to phase out the arbitrary and unfair school funding system that has systematically underfunded schools in whole swathes of the country…in its place we’ll introduce a new national funding formula,” adding: “the formula will start to be introduced from 2017”.
Emma Knights, NGA's Chief Executive said: “The National Governors' Association is extremely pleased that the Government is brave enough to tackle the difficult issue of introducing a fairer school funding formula. NGA has been arguing for years that the current system of funding schools is archaic and unsustainable. We also welcome the protection of the pupil premium, funding to improve the progress of poorer pupils; we need to continue with the emphasis on tackling the disadvantage poorer pupil’s face at school. Although we are pleased to see continued investment in early years, it still remains to be seen whether the rate is sufficient enough to fund high quality early education which plays a particularly important role for those disadvantaged families. We do not yet know the detail of today's announcements and we won't know for some time what they mean for individual schools, but we remain concerned for our worst funded schools, particularly those with sixth forms which are being cut”.
At NGA’s summer conference in June, Nicky Morgan told NGA members: “It cannot be right that there are some parts of the country where there is not just a few but thousands of pounds of difference between the amounts that schools are getting between county and city or between neighbouring authorities.”
Osborne announced that the “Spending Review and Autumn Statement represents the next step towards the government’s goal of ending local authorities’ role in running schools and all schools becoming an academy”. The main points for schools from the review are:
Click here for the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015: documents.
Click here for the DfE press release.