MPs launch school funding inquiry

MPs have launched an investigation into education funding in England. The House of Commons Education Select Committee is to scrutinise the government’s funding reforms, including the roll-out of the National Funding Formula.

The MPs will also “examine whether a longer-term plan is needed for investment in education and what resources are required to ensure schools and colleges get the support they need”.

Other topics will include the effectiveness of targeted funding such as the Pupil Premium and how the new National Funding Formula will be implemented.

Committee chair Robert Halfon MP said: “Rising cost pressures faced by schools, sixth form and FE colleges have led to serious challenges in the provision of high-quality education. Education provides a vital ladder of opportunity for our young people. This inquiry will examine whether it is time to have a 10-year plan for our schools and colleges, and what resources are required to put this plan into action.”

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