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School funds could change under plans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

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THE way schools in Staffordshire receive funding could change if the county council’s education body rubber stamps proposals next week.

If the plans are approved, schools in the county will receive proportionate levels of funding.

Currently, some schools face large gaps in their funding when compared to other schools.

Any school which would have reduced funding under the new plans would have the reductions limited to no more than 1.5 per cent per pupil a year.

Ben Adams (right), the county council’s cabinet member for learning said: “Over the past year, we have worked extensively with schools and through the schools forum 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 by the forum will mean more money for the majority of schools, and an allocation that is fairer than in the past.

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

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet will meet to discuss the plans on Wednesday, January 15, in the Oak Room, County Buildings, in Stafford.

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