The Telegraph is reporting that more than £30 billion of education funding will be handed directly to head teachers rather than councils under plans for what they call “a major escalation of David Cameron’s drive to empower schools”.
Currently the funding formula for schools sees the government give school spending to local authorities who then use their own formulas to determine how the money is divided.
Under plans announced today in a government consultation funding will instead go straight to the schools themselves, cutting out the council middle man.
The changes are part of a nationwide drive to end the current “postcode lottery” that sees big regional differences between the amount of money spent on each child, according to Tory ministers…
The changes will affect almost every primary and secondary school in England and comprises around three-quarters of the £40 billion schools budget.
Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, said: “We want every school in England to get the funding it deserves, so that all children – whatever their background and wherever they live in the country – get a great education.
“The introduction of a national funding formula from 2017-18 will see the biggest step towards fairer funding in over a decade – ensuring that pupils get funding that genuinely matches their need. It will also ensure that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds continue to receive significant additional funding to overcome entrenched barriers to their success.
“This is a key part of our core mission to extend opportunity to all children and provide educational excellence in all parts of the country: rural and urban, shire and metropolitan, north and south.”
“Local authorities will continue to play a vital role in the distribution of high needs funding as they are best placed to make important local decisions about children with special educational needs and disabilities.”
We are just getting the early indications of the new approach to funding, but what do you make of the idea of funding going directly to schools rather than to local authorities?
Is it a change you would welcome? What concerns might you have?
Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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