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A core funding level for schools

Susan Fielden and Sam Ellis

Date: 23 May 2017

The report analysed the spending of good and efficient schools to build a funding model that could, if implemented, protect educational and financial viability. Comparing this to the National Funding Formula proposals highlights fundamental flaws in the core formula elements - the lump sum and per pupil funding.

Date: 5 June 2017

How much money does a school need?


Amongst all the debate about funding "winners and losers" and the size of the overall education budget, we go back to basics and look at the underlying cost of core educational provision, drawing on our work on educationally and financially viable schools.

Date: 11 June 2017

Is Fair Funding Hanging by a Thread


Invited by Julie Cordiner of School Financial Success to write a guest blog, we took the work on educationally and financially schools and set out how it could be used to rescue the National Funding Formula from the post-election uncertainty.

Date: 27 October 2017

Developing an educationally viable funding formula


Originally presented at the National Fair Funding Conference on 19 October 2017, the worksheet (and accompanying notes) provide an illustrative tool for local authority officers and school representatives to use to develop a funding formula that resources a reasonable educational offer for local children, within the budget available.


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