Understanding the National Funding Formula, its limitations and how it will affect your school is vitally important. As the second consultation period draws to a close, Julia Harnden analyses the current proposals

With the government’s consultation on the National Funding Formula (NFF) due to close on March 22, now is a good time to examine how it works and the implications for schools.

The NFF will determine how core revenue funding is distributed and is intended to address the unfairness that exists in the current system, whereby similar schools in different parts of the country receive very different levels of funding.

Its aspiration is to achieve an equitable distribution which means that any pupil with the same characteristics will attract a level of funding that is transparent and predictable, regardless of where they live.

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