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Cabinet to consider moving to new funding formula for schools

Schools in Staffordshire could move to the Government’s new National Funding Formula, after measures are considered by the county council’s Cabinet next week.

With an extra £9.5million going to Staffordshire schools, the county council will decide whether to move to the Government’s new funding formula, which will determine how the money is distributed.

This follows on from a Government announcement in July 2017 that additional £1.3bn would be given to schools nationally by 2019/20, with £416m being announced for 2018/19.

After consulting with schools and gaining agreement from the countywide School’s Forum, the county council is proposing to adopt the National Funding Formula, which will see schools move from the existing Staffordshire formula.

By embracing the National Funding Formula, all Staffordshire schools would benefit from an increase in funding for every pupil in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Skills said:

“Historically, Staffordshire has been one of the lowest funded authorities in terms of schools.  For years we have been campaigning at a local and national level for fairer funding for our schools, to help ensure Staffordshire children receive the best education possible, and these new Government measures represent a real step in the right direction.

“As we move towards embracing the National Funding Formula, the news that schools in Staffordshire will get an extra £9.5million is a welcome step forward.  We will be working closely with schools to implement the new formula over the coming months.

“We will continue to push for fair funding for education in Staffordshire to give our schools, teachers and children the resources they need.”

The county council’s cabinet will discuss the plans next week (Wednesday 17 January).