Voice comments on National Funding announcement

Date: 14.12.16
Consultation announcement on National Funding Formulae for schools and high needs, and Voice’s reaction.


14 December 2016 

Voice comments on National Funding announcement

Commenting on today’s statement (Wednesday 14 December 2016) by the Education Secretary of State for Education on the National Funding Formulae for schools and high needs, Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson said: 

“We welcome the announcement and the intention to introduce a National Funding Formula in the interests of fairness. 

“We are pleased that the Department has given sufficient time for considered responses to the consultation. 

“However, these proposals do not appear to solve the immediate funding crisis facing schools, even for those that will eventually see extra money in the future.  

“We are understandably disappointed that there is no further funding being put into the system, and that there will be losers as well as winners in the long-term. 

“No reduction in funding, however small, is acceptable, ‘fair’ or sustainable. 

“The Government needs to invest more – including in teachers’ pay – across the country to tackle the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention. 

“As the chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee has pointed out, the Department for Education is focused on school structures rather than supporting schools. 

“We will study the proposals in detail and will continue to work with the Department on the National Funding Formula and wider funding issues and will respond fully to the consultation in due course.”


Further information


Annoucement of NFF plans and consultation

Schools national funding formula: stage 2 consultation

High needs national funding formula: stage 2 consultation

Schools  funding arrangements 2017 to 2018

Schools national funding formulae: equalities impact assessment


Joint unions' statement on funding

Previous Voice statement on NFF (July 2016)

Voice’s  Official Responses: Schools National Funding Formula and High Needs Funding (April 2016)

Official Responses to Stage 2 (March 2017)



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