George Osborne raises concerns over school funding formula

Former chancellor first announced the formula but has now taken a 'direct' message about teachers' concerns to education secretary Justine Greening.


Former chancellor George Osborne has raised concerns about the proposed national funding formula for schools with education secretary Justine Greening.


It was Mr Osborne who announced that a formula would be introduced from 2017-18 in his 2015 autumn statement. 


But now the MP for Tatton, Cheshire, says he has given a "direct" message to the goverment about teachers' fears over the impact of the new formula – the introduction of which is now delayed until 2018-19.  


Mr Osborne's intervention comes in the week that the Department for Education dismissed claims that it is planning to ditch the controversial formula.


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