Schools: Funding

House of Lords written question – answered on 24 January 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans there are for the next five years regarding the funding of schools and academies and whether the national funding formula previously suggested has been implemented.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

School funding has been held at flat cash per pupil for the duration of this spending period. This means that as the number of pupils increase, the overall budget will go up in line. Funding decisions beyond 2014-15 are subject to the next Spending Review.

A national funding formula has not been implemented. In July 2011, the Government consulted on proposals to reform the school funding system. We are currently considering the responses to that consultation and further announcements will be made in the spring.

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