Formula creates 'double funding' for deprived pupils, councils warn Theresa May

The f40 group of education authorities writes to the prime minister with concerns about the proposed schools national funding formula.


The national funding formula for schools would give too much money to disadvantaged pupils and risks "replacing one unfairness with another", according to the lowest-funded education authorities.


The f40 group – which campaigns for a better deal on behalf of such authorities – has written to Prime Minister Theresa May to warn her that the government's proposed formula "seems to be weighted more towards maintaining stability than achieving fairness".


In particular, the group is concerned that the formula is too heavily weighted towards "additional needs factors" such as the number of pupils from deprived backgrounds, their level of prior attainment and the number who speak English as an additional language.


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