TES is reporting that the introduction of a new school funding formula will be delayed until 2018-19, education secretary Justine Greening has announced.
The Department for Education had previously said the new formula, which will change the way the national schools budget is distributed across the country, would be in place by 2017-18.
“This is an important reform, which will fairly and transparently allocate funding on the basis of schools’ and children’s actual needs, rather than simply on historic levels of funding tied to out of date local information,” Ms Greening’s statement said.
“Given the importance of consulting widely and fully with the sector and getting implementation right, the new system will apply from 2018-19.”
She said: “I will publish the government’s full response to the first stage of the schools and high needs consultations and set out my proposals for the second stage once Parliament returns in the autumn.
“We will run a full consultation, and make final decisions early in the new year.”
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