Funding storm brews

MINISTERS are being advised to abandon long-running attempts to revamp the notoriously complex way council education budgets are calculated, writes Warwick Mansell.

Civil servants will tell them not to introduce a new funding formula, specifying a minimum amount of cash per pupil.

They recommend that the Government largely sticks with the current system, despite wide disparities in funding across the country.

They argue that the new formula limits the freedom of schools and councils. But heads have predicted an outcry if the system is not changed. A decision is expected in late November or early December.

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