28 SEP 2017

Funding Formula Increase for Suffolk Schools

Following the announcement by the Education Secretary that every school in Suffolk will see an increase in their per pupilfunding, the indicative funding rise for each school has been published. This includes rises varying from 0.5% to over 18% locally. Indicative as the council decides the final allocation with the advice of the schools forum.

Therese said: "This big change in the new national funding formula, which I pressed for, ensures that every school has a higher basic percentage of funding for every child. Suffolk has traditionally suffered because we have very high employment rates and have far fewer children than the national average receiving free schools meals, which means money has been diverted elsewhere. However, our average levels of household income is not as high as some other places where schools have traditionally been funded more generously – so the change to the formula has started to right those wrongs.

Therese added: "I recognise the frustration locally that increases were not even higher and that Suffolk is still in the bottom quartile for funding per pupil but the teachers' unions and the Labour party campaigned to protect funding for other parts of the country which were already funded much more generously than Suffolk schools. Overall this meant less was available for Suffolk but we have kept our word, improved the funding formula for Suffolk children and we are now firmly on the up for school funding."

More detail can be fond of the Department of Education's website here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-funding-formula-tables-for-schools-and-high-needs

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