Voice comments on National Funding Formula statement

Date: 14.09.17
Comment on Education Secretary’s Justine Greening statement on National Funding Formula (England)

14 September 2017

Voice comments on National Funding Formula statement

Commenting on the Education Secretary’s Statement to Parliament (14 September 2017) on the National Funding Formula, Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“While we welcome the extra funding for schools previously announced*, and the minimum funding levels and more consistent approach announced today, it seems unlikely that these measures will be enough to bridge the funding gap.

“This is not a solution to the immediate funding crisis facing schools, even for those that will eventually see extra money. 

“We are also disappointed that the funding will not, for the first two years at least, go directly to schools so they can make their own spending decisions based on need.

 “Schools must be funded fairly according to need, and there must be an end to the unfair postcode lottery.

“The public sector pay cap continues, and so this will do nothing to address the immediate teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

“We will need to study the proposals in more detail in order to assess their full impact on schools.”

 


Further information: Department for Education (DfE) (external links):

High needs national funding formula: stage 2 Consultation outcome

Schools national funding formula: stage 2 Consultation outcome

National funding formula tables for schools and high needs Guidance

National funding formula for schools and high needs Policy paper

National funding formula for schools and high needs: equalities impact assessment Impact assessment

Justine Greening statement on national funding formula Statement to Parliament

Fairer funding system to end 'postcode lottery' for schools News story DfE


Further information: Voice

*Previous response on National Funding Formula  

Earlier responses on National Funding Formula


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