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Government announces new school revenue funding plans

20/12/2012 Joanna
The government has confirmed the arrangement of new Education Services Grants to provide funding to academies for education services.

Schools minister David Laws has announced details of school revenue funding for 2013-14, which will include Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) and allocations of the Pupil Premium.

The aim with school funding is to establish a fairer system, according to Mr Laws, through the introduction of a national funding formula. As the first step toward such a system, local authorities have now submitted proposals for simplified methods of working out funding at a local level.

However, the current system of distributing the Dedicated Schools Grant will continue to be used for 2013-14, with underlying budgets to be kept at a flat cash rate per pupil for the next school year.

Overall budgets will remain at the same level on a per pupil basis before Pupil Premiums are added to the equation - this sees schools receiving additional funding for taking on children from disadvantaged families with the intention of raising their attainment levels. For 2013-14, the Pupil Premium for disadvantaged children will be set at £900 per pupil, while the Service Premium for 2013-14 has been established at £300 per pupil.

In a letter to the directors of children's services at local authorities, Sarah Healey, director of the Education Funding Group, said that the DSG will include funding for early education places set aside for two-year-olds from lower income households and to ensure that schools can pay for services to monitor and quality insure the induction process for newly qualified teachers.

She said: "The DSG allocations for 2013-14 are presented in three blocks. The Schools Block and the Early Years Blocks have each been set at cash flat per pupil.

"We are also bringing together in the High Needs Block, funding for all high needs pupils/ students to enable local authorities to commission places for their young people from 0-24 from a single funding stream."

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