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For the National Funding Formula to work, new funding is needed"

Voice: the union for education professionals has published its responses to the Department for Education’s consultations on the Schools National Funding Formula Stage 2 and High Needs National Funding Formula Stage 2.

In its response to the Schools National Funding Formula Stage 2, Voice comments:

“We support the concept of a national funding formula, but it is impracticable to instigate a redistribution of funding at a time when the overall quantum of funding remains frozen and is insufficient to absorb rising costs.

“Research analysis … indicates that the NFF will not result in the most funding going to the most deprived schools, so the principle of fairness does not appear to have been met.

“The formula would appear to benefit the ‘just about managing’ group rather than the most disadvantaged, who might have expected to receive a fairer settlement, especially where they are currently under-funded.

“Neither is the principle of stability met, as the way in which school funding is to be redistributed will result in turbulence, and many schools may find it difficult to secure their future viability.

“In order for the NFF to work, new funding is needed to ensure that budgets can keep pace with rising costs and to cushion the effect of transitional changes, thus bringing balance and proportionality to what would otherwise be an unacceptably turbulent and chaotic period.”


Further information

Voice Official Responses: Schools National Funding Formula Stage 2 and High Needs National Funding Formula Stage 2:

http://www.voicetheunion.org.uk/index.cfm?cid=1748

 

Contacts:

Voice Press Office (pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372337 or 0794 871 0413.

www.blog.voicetheunion.org.uk

http://twitter.com/voicetheunion

Voice: the union for education professionals
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Tel : 01332 372337

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