At least 1,100 small rural schools facing cuts despite minsters’ funding protection pledge

The TES is reporting that over a thousand small rural schools are facing cuts despite a funding protection pledge.

More than a thousand small rural schools face the prospect of cuts under the government’s proposals for a national funding formula, despite ministerial assurances that they would be protected, TES can reveal.

Critics are warning that the changes could threaten the viability of many of the schools.

TES analysis of government figures illustrating the impact of the plans shows that at least 1,101 rural schools that meet the Department for Education’s official definition of “small” would have their budgets cut.

The news follows education secretary Justine Greening’s assurance to Parliament in December that the new funding arrangements would “protect small rural schools, which are so important for their local communities through the inclusion of a sparsity factor”.

England’s small schools in rural areas would gain an average 1.3 per cent under the proposals. However the published figures – which compare individual schools’ 2016-17 funding with what they could expect under the new national funding formula – also reveal that more than 40 per cent of the small rural schools listed by the DfE would end up with less money.

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  1. Proud_HT

    SchoolsImprove We are a rural school and have nothing left to cut! Perhaps KS2 classes of 60 will fit the bill! #fairfunding

  2. BiteBooks

    SchoolsImprove That’s it, just rip the heart out of a small community. After all, they’ve already taken the libraries!

  3. SooThomas

    bredsell Yes, agree tiny schools might go, but Govt has said what it’s said about funding & rural schools. Unless they are doing a Trump…

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