17:18 Friday 17 January 2014

School funding plans approved

Written byMARK MCKAY

EDUCATION bosses have approved changes to the way schools in Staffordshire receive funding.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet rubber stamped the changes which will mean the amount of money a school receives will depend on its size.

Previously, some schools faced a large gap between its funding and its assessed needs.

The new system will be rolled out in stages to limit the level of reduction each school faces to no more than 1.5 per cent per pupil.

Ben Adams, the county council’s cabinet member for learning, said: “Over the past year we have worked extensively with schools to ensure we get the very best out of these reforms for Staffordshire.

“We fully support the principle of a needs based funding model, and believe that the recommendations made will mean more money for the majority of schools, and an allocation that is fairer than in the past.

“While the total funding available stays the same, it is clear that the new formula will affect some schools that have previously benefited from a formula with up to 38 different factors in it.

“We are doing everything we can to safeguard schools by creating a system that is fairer, given the constraints we have to work under.

“These recommendations will lead to better education for more children, and we are committed to supporting all schools with the fair share of resources they need.”

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