Funding formula ‘will force ministers to put loads more money into schools’

Ministers will need to put “loads more money” into the school system to be able to deliver the new national funding formula, a campaigner has claimed. Tes reports.

Mark Lehain, director of Parents and Teachers for Excellence, a campaign group aiming to raise standards in state schools through the promotion of a “knowledge-rich curriculum”, told the Northern Lights conference that the creation of a new funding system would have to mean an overall increase in cash for schools. 

The national funding formula is aimed at tackling wide variations in per-pupil funding rates across the country.

Speaking at the event in Carlisle, Mr Lehain said: “As we move to a national funding formula, some people will lose out in places likes London and some of the well-funded urban areas, not in the North. But the government is going to have to put a lot more money into schools whether they think it’s necessary or not.

“That battle has been won by the profession. More money is going to come, the question is how much and how it is shared out through the national funding formula. But, regardless, the North will disproportionately benefit.”

He added: “The national funding formula – if we can get ever get there, and that is a big if – will make a huge difference in parts of the country which have been underfunded.”

Education secretary Damian Hinds has said that he has heard the message on school funding loud and clear and promised to make a strong case for more funding for schools in the spending review.

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