- Schools Funding Arrangements 2019/20
Devon continues to face many challenges ahead and we know that school budgets will vary across schools and over time. Devon has never been funded at the level it deserves and remains well below the national average for funding per pupil.
2019-20 is the second year since the introduction of the National Funding Formula (NFF) “soft” formula arrangements. In light of progress of LAs to the NFF the Department for Education are allowing LAs to determine local formulas for a further year (2020-21). The LA, in conjunction with Headteacher and Governor representatives, is consulting with all schools, academies and free schools on the proposed local formula from 1st to 12th October 2018.
Consultation and information events are being held across Devon. We encourage you to share your views with us by coming along to these events, and responding to the consultation.
Date Venue Time Friday 5th October Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfast, TQ11 0EE 9.30am – 12.30pm Tuesday 9th October Barnstaple Hotel, Barnstaple, EX31 1LE 9.30am – 12.30pm Wednesday 10th October Westpoint Conference Centre, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ 9.30am – 12.30pm
Online bookings can be made via Online Booking Form.
Please Note: Numbers attending these sessions are expected to be high and there prior booking is essential to ensure that we can comfortably accommodate everyone.
- Scheme for Financing Schools
Under Section 48 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, and Schedule 14 to the Act, the local authority is required to publish its scheme of financing schools setting out the relationship between itself and the schools it maintains.
The local authority is now consulting on revised guidance with all maintained schools from 20th January – 3rd February 2016.
The scheme has been revised based on information from the DfE in December 2015 and will be reviewed annually or when updates are necessary.
The guidance also refers to legislation under School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2014.
- NFF Consultation
National Funding Formula (Stage One)
The consultation sets out how we plan to deliver a fair, transparent funding system where the amount of funding children attract for their schools is based on need and is consistent across the country.
DfE invite your views on:
- Rules and Structure of the formula
- Role of local authorities
The DfE are consulting in parallel on proposals to introduce a high needs formula for children and young people with special educational needs.
THIS CONSULTATION WAS CLOSED ON 17TH APRIL 2017.
National Funding Formula (Stage Two)
Following on from the Stage One consultation, the DfE have issued the proposed arrangements with the figures to show how this work across the country.
The proposed NFF arrangements are described in the consultation, with more detail on the specific calculations conducted by the models in the technical notes. The aim of the models is to calculate the funding that LAs, and individual mainstream maintained schools and academies for the schools NFF, would receive in the first year of the NFF based on their 2016-17 pupil data, and their funding if the proposed NFF had been fully implemented in 2016-17 without transitional protections being applied.
The DfE invites your views by 22nd March on:
- The allocation of the funding
- The treatment of factors and their amounts
Below is Devon’s proposed response to the consultation.
High Needs Funding reform
High Needs funding is funding for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities who need extra support at school, college or alternative provision settings. Alternative provision settings are for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.
DfE invite your views on:
- The structure of a formula for funding local authorities to provide services for children and young people who attract High Needs funding
- Improvements to the distribution of this high needs funding to schools, colleges and other institutions