Small schools could become 'unsustainable' under funding plans, union warns

NAHT calls for more money to support the introduction of the new national school funding formula.


Some small schools could become "unsustainable" because of the government's proposed funding overhaul, headteachers have warned.


The NAHT headteachers' union has voiced concerns that the "reduction" in the lump sum part of the formula to £110,000 would hit small schools particularly hard.


The government plans to continue to provide every school with a lump sum, but at a lower level than the current national average "so that we can direct more funding to the pupil-led factors", according to the consultation on the formula.


It also plans to provide small and remote schools with additional funding, over and above the lump sum, "to recognise that they can face greater challenges in finding efficiencies and partnering with other schools".


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