The implications of the National Funding Formula for schools

The government consultation on the introduction of a new national funding formula (NFF) for schools closed in March 2017. To inform this important consultation, along with broader debates on school funding, this EPI report considers what the impact of the NFF will be, who the winners and losers are, and its analysis puts the NFF into the context of wider financial pressures on the schools system.

The analysis finds that given the clear disparities within the existing school funding system in England, the government is right to proceed with its plan to introduce a new national funding formula (NFF). However, even after the introduction of a new formula, it finds that based on wider spending plans, all schools in England face real terms cuts in funding per pupil – with half of primary and secondary schools facing large real terms, per pupil, cuts in funding of between 6-11 per cent by 2019-20.

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