The existing funding model has no rationale and is clearly unfair. Mainstream school funding has become more and more of a ‘mess’ with a tangle of funding caught up in the Minimum Funding Guarantee (MFG) and capping.
There is no rationale for the funding of Early Years or High Needs either. A new start is needed.
The inconsistencies in funding for individual schools with similar characteristics across the country are too great. A child attending a school on one side of a local authority boundary can currently attract a significantly different level of funding to one on the other side of the boundary. A national formula for Schools Funding would minimise the problem.
Schools in low funded areas have inevitably had to prioritise meeting their core costs and have struggled to improve outcomes for vulnerable pupils as a consequence. Fair funding will enable schools to be judged fairly on the outcomes their pupils achieve.