Magazine article Public Finance

DfES Plans School Funding Shakeup to Target Poorer Pupils

Magazine article Public Finance

DfES Plans School Funding Shakeup to Target Poorer Pupils

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The Department for Education and Skills Is proposing changes to the school funding system to target more resources at those with deprived intakes.

Malcolm Trobe, president of the Association of School and College Leaders, told Public Finance he welcomed the proposal as It could help to eliminate inequalities.

Currently, schools with a high number of pupils on free school meals can receive less funding per head than schools with very few deprived pupils.

'The present system Is averaged out; based on deprivation levels across an entire local authority, rather than at the school level,' he said. 'If we moved to a more personalised and postcode-based mode of funding, the result would be very different.

The DfES is proposing replacing local authority-wide deprivation indicators with data sets collected by commercial bodies such as Experian. …

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