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.