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Pressure grows for fair funding for schools

2 December 2015

The recent Browne Jacobson and ASCL School Leaders Survey identified a significant level of concern across school leaders about school funding. Further calls for change have resulted from last week’s announcement in the spending review that consultation on a national fair funding mechanism would begin next year for implementation in 2017. A report today suggests that MPs are backing the call for change with petitions being presented to Parliament by 86 MPs supporting change to the school funding arrangements as soon as possible. The evidence suggests that there are huge regional differences with similar schools receiving amounts of pupil funding that vary between £4,200 and £6,300.

School funding remains a key issue and one that will dominate the education landscape for the next few years. It is important that similar schools are funded at similar levels to ensure equality and fairness for all schools as they utilise the funding to drive up standards for all children.

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