The TES is reporting that schools set to lose money under a new national funding system will this year be given government cash to pay for “restructuring” costs such as redundancies.
A Department for Education report on the proposals said some schools would lose funding under a new national funding formula that is due to be introduced from 2017-18.
These schools would be eligible for cash from a new “invest to save” fund from 2016-17, it said. The DfE says schools “will be free to decide how best to use this funding” but that it could include “financial, legal and HR advice” and in “extreme cases”, the cost of restructuring a school’s workforce.
It could also pay for schools to re-train teachers to teach different subjects from the ones they qualified in, according to the report.
Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the ASCL school leaders’ union, told TES: “One of the outcomes of restructuring will inevitably be redundancies.” He said this could mean redundancies of teachers or of support staff, depending on a school’s situation.
“In principle we’d say that if schools have to make difficult decisions then any financial help would be much appreciated, but ideally we’d like sufficient funding in the system that schools wouldn’t have to do restructuring,” he said…
You can read or download the national funding formula consultation document in full at:
Although we won’t have the detail of the weighting of various factors until the second stage of consultation, what do you make of the points covered in this initial document?
And more specifically, what about the indication of a restructuring fund that might be used for redundancies? Presumably this will be an inevitable consequence of any change that sees funding cut at some schools (even if it is boosted at others)?
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