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‘Fairer’ funding: is the money really going where you’d expect?

A tweak to the government’s funding formula means money will now be diverted towards schools with the least deprived pupils, calling into question claims about tackling inequality. Jonathan Owen investigates

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“Fairer funding” is the government’s mantra when it comes to explaining its controversial new approach to setting school budgets.

But new findings reveal how an apparently anodyne change to the government’s national funding formula plans will cause a “dramatic” shift that prominent education figures say is anything but fair.

A Tes investigation shows that the final version of the formula, which was published last month, will see many schools with low levels of deprivation among its pupils handed the biggest increases in funding.

According to the analysis, grammar schools are 24 times more ...

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