Schools Funding Formula

Proposals which will see schools across the district lose thousands of pounds of funding must be scrapped, an MP has said.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said the Fairer Funding Formula, which government claim will end the postcode lottery in school funding, was “simply unjustifiable” and would just plough money from struggling areas into higher performing areas.

He said: “This formula is taking money from schools in the Bradford district, which is one of the worst performing local authorities in the country for education, to transfer money to some of the highest performing local education authorities in the country which is absolute madness. Every school in my constituency will be losing money, it is unjustifiable.”

Mr Davies called for Education Secretary Justine Greening to come to the Commons to debate the issue or preferably announce the plans “unjustifiable and unacceptable” plans were to be scrapped.

Commons Leader David Lidington said the consultation on the draft national funding formula only ended this week and detailed representations submitted needed to be considered, but there would be a debate.

The proposals are the biggest shake-up of school funding in England for decades and will see less money for bigger cities and bigger budgets for suburbs and shires.

Ms Greening said the 2018-19 formula would put an end to “unfair and inconsistent” funding. The overall budget will not change.