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Stick or U-turn: six plays to fix the funding formula

The DfE is getting in a twist over how to finance schools fairly – but the options are limited

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David Cameron is said to have once privately referred to proposals for a national funding formula for schools as “Michael [Gove]’s plan to lose me the next general election”. More than three years later, those words must seem painfully close to the mark for today’s cabinet.

Mr Cameron heeded his political instincts and put off dealing with long-standing calls to resolve decades of inequality in England’s school funding until after the 2015 election. Now, following further delay, the ball is in Theresa May’s court. But what might be a politically straightforward exercise in times of plenty is ...

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