Local management of schools
delegation to heads and
governors being phased in over three years.
The aim was to enable those closest to children's education to deploy resources to best effect. It also tried to make funding more needs-led and transparent by requiring councils to develop explict formulae.
But to most people it remains a bewildering array of special payments with councils considering more than 200 factors in allocating funds. These can include the number of trees in school ground and the cost of emptying septic tanks, according to a survey this year by the National Association of Head Teachers.