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Requires improvement: Government flounders on school funding reform

Wakefield schools face uncertainty about their funding, as the Education Secretary on Thursday announced that the implementation of a new national funding formula for schools will be delayed by a year.

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Schools in the Wakefield local authority are set to lose out due to the delay. Its schools are among the worst funded in the country in terms of per pupil funding, receiving £4,570 per pupil from the schools block of the Dedicated Schools Grant.

The Government had been planning to bring in the new funding scheme in England from 2017-18 - but it will now apply from 2018-19.

The first stage consultations on the new national funding formulae for schools and high needs were published in March.

With funding to be frozen at 2016-17 levels for another year, this means a real-terms cut for school budgets.

Mary Creagh MP said: “Schools in Wakefield could lose out from the Government’s delay and I urge the Education Secretary to ensure the changes are rolled out fairly. English schools are already struggling to cope with a 5% funding shortfall, as a result of the Chancellor’s decision to increase national insurance and teachers’ pension contributions, at the same time as pupil numbers are rising and the teacher shortage is growing. Theresa May is concerned about white working class boys’ attainment but her Government has delivered real-terms cuts to school budgets across the country .”

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