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Schools: Rural Areas

Education written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Conservative, Mid Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has any plans to review the use of the Acorn funding formula for schools in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

On 19 July 2011, the Department for Education published “A Consultation on School Funding Reform: proposals for a fairer system”. The consultation sought views on the components and indicators of a potential new funding formula for schools. The consultation proposed using Free School Meals data to target money to deprived pupils rather than an area-based measure of deprivation. The consultation closed on 11 October and the Department is currently considering the responses. Further information on the reform of school funding will be made available in due course.

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