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To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new school funding formula on primary schools in Lancashire; and how many schools will receive (a) increased funding and (b) reduced funding compared with the 2017-18 financial year.
Under the national funding formula (NFF) all schools, including primary schools in Lancashire, will attract at least 1% more funding per pupil in 2019-20 compared to 2017-18, up from 0.5% this year.
Based on 2019-20 notional NFF allocations, 372 primary schools in Lancashire will attract an overall increase in funding, and 110 schools will see a decrease. Because we update allocations based on the latest pupil data, including increases and decreases in pupil numbers, some schools attract less than in previous years.
Overall, primary schools in Lancashire will attract an average of £4,111 per pupil in 2019-20, which is an increase of 2.3% or an additional £92 per pupil, compared to 2017-18 funding levels.
To provide stability, local authorities continue to be responsible for distributing the funding they receive through the NFF to schools in their areas. This means the actual amount that schools receive may differ from the amount they attract through the NFF.