- Fair Funding
- High Needs
- Executive Meetings
f40 seeks fairness and equal opportunities in education for all children, regardless of where they live, and wishes to see all schools properly funded to enable them to provide a quality education. The basic entitlement should be enough to run a school, before extra money is added on.
There are still too many discrepancies in the way funding is distributed, with some schools receiving far more per pupil than others. We believe the historical add-ons that some schools receive should be abolished. Additional funding should be given for deprivation and other additional needs and realistic area living costs, but base funding for every school should be the same.
While government has introduced the National Funding Formula and acknowledged the unfairness, levelling up is a slow process and the unfairness continues, with many areas, especially large rural communities and ‘shire’ local authorities still receiving inequitably less funding.
The Covid pandemic has shone a light on these disparities, as well as highlighting the plight of disadvantaged pupils. More funding should be given for all disadvantaged pupils – including those living in more rural areas, which are sometimes forgotten, as well as those in towns and cities.
For a number of years, education funding has not kept pace with inflation, while the demands on schools and teachers have grown rapidly. In real terms, school funding is at 2010 levels. The pandemic has placed even greater cost pressures on schools.
f40 is campaigning for increased funding for Early Years, Primary, Secondary, 16-19, and High Needs up to age 25, and major changes to the way the SEND system is managed and funded.
In the autumn of 2020, f40 undertook a national survey to capture the extent of the SEND funding crisis in England.