• Beware the government's sleight of hand on academy finances

    The government’s new method for calculating school budgets obscures the true number of schools in financial deficit, explains Jon Andrews The Department for Education yesterday published new statistics on the revenue balances of academy trusts. This does not provide data for individual trusts let alone individual academies, this is expected later in the year, but provides

    10.00 Jul. 27th, 2018 | Opinion

  • New figures: 18,000 schools face funding cuts

    Education unions have revised upwards their predictions for the number of schools facing funding cuts to almost 18,000. The coalition of organisations behind the popular School Cuts website say 557 more schools face real-terms cuts in their funding by 2019 than originally thought. The website, run by the National Education Union, the National Association of

    9.00 Nov. 18th, 2017 | News

  • The NFF is saved - but major issues still remain for schools funding

    The government has rescued the National Funding Formula by the skin of its teeth. The Education Policy Institute was clear that Justine Greening would need to give clarity over whether the National Funding Formula would be introduced in 2018 as planned, before parliament breaks for the summer recess. Today she gave that clarity, along with

    12.00 Jul. 18th, 2017 | Opinion

  • EPI report: National Funding Formula shifts cash away from poorest schools, and 5 other findings

    The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has today published the first comprehensive review of the consequences of the government’s national funding formula. The report reveals difficult truths for ministers, including concerns that cash will not reach the poorest pupils, as pressure grows from disgruntled Conservative MPs to scrap the funding overhaul. Schools Week has the key

    0.01 Mar. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Roll pupil premium into national funding formula, say experts

    Key architects of the government’s new national funding formula have suggested the pupil premium could be rolled into core school funding before protection for it runs out in 2020. The government has pledged to keep the £2.5 billion pupil premium throughout this parliament. It gives additional funds of between £935 and £1,320 for every pupil

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • Greening warned tinkering could cause funding formula to "come crashing down"

    Justine Greening has been warned that tinkering with the proposed national funding formula to appease senior politicians pressing for a more radical plan could cause it all to “come crashing down”. A handful of Conservative MPs, largely from rural areas, have called for a review of the funding overhaul that will dish out more cash

    5.00 Jan. 14th, 2017 | News

  • Explainer: How schools will be funded under the new national formula

    The government has today published further details about its new national funding formula. Schools Week has taken a closer look at each of the new funding blocks. The funding formula is made up of four building blocks: basic per-pupil funding, additional needs funding, school-led funding and geographic funding. These are each broken down into another

    16.44 Dec. 14th, 2016 | News

  • National funding formula: the winners and losers by school type

    Schools in inner London and urban areas are most likely to lose out in the government’s funding shake-up. The Department for Education has published the second consultation on its national funding formula today – revealing more details about which schools will win and lose under the new cash distribution model. The document shows that schools

    14.22 Dec. 14th, 2016 | News

  • National funding formula: the winners and losers by local authority area

    The documents for the second stage of the government’s consultation on its proposed national funding formula have been published, and give a breakdown of indicative gains and losses for each local authority in England. Based on a calculation of the percentage change in funding in the first year of the NFF in 2018/19, we can see that

    13.49 Dec. 14th, 2016 | News

  • National funding formula: 10,700 schools set for extra cash, but more than 9,000 to lose out

    More than 10,700 schools are set to get extra cash under the government’s new fairer funding formula, while 9,128 will be funded at a lower level. The Department for Education has published the second consultation on its national funding formula – revealing more details about which schools will win and lose under the new cash

    13.16 Dec. 14th, 2016 | News

  • SSAT 2016, day 1: Schools told cash reserves will face closer scrutiny as cuts bite

    Academies can expect auditors to look “increasingly closely” at dwindling levels of cash reserves with experts warning the new national funding formula will not be a “miracle cure” for financial worries, delegates at a major schools conference have been told. A capacity to build up capital will be a priority for assessors as upcoming formula

    16.32 Dec. 1st, 2016 | News