What has happened with the £33pp reduction which was introduced 2 years ago and was supposed to be put back into the AWPU after 2 years.

The £33 per pupil moved from the Schools Block to High Needs Block in 2017/18 – the year prior to the implementation of the National Funding Formula (NFF).  The authority had a 2-year plan to bring the High Needs Block back into a balanced budget. There was never an intention to revert this funding after 2 years to the AWPU.

By transferring this funding in the year we did, we saw additional funding come through the NFF implementation to the Schools Block as the baseline was lower. If this had remained the funding gap would have been less within the NFF.