Charlotte Santry

Formula ‘puts the squeeze on schools with SEND pupils’

Restrictions placed on high-needs budgets as funding for rural schools increases

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Deciding how to distribute billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money will always generate controversy, and the national funding formula for schools has been no exception.

But a sweetener offered by the government over the summer, in the form of a £1.3 billion boost, helped to make the formula far more palatable for many of its critics.

This money – taken from elsewhere in the Department for Education budget – was aimed at ensuring that no school will lose out financially when the formula is introduced in 2018-19. It means that every school can now expect a cash increase of at least 1 per cent ...

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