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2 School Funding Reform MAIN PRINCIPLES Increased delegation of services & funding to schools Number of formula factors permitted to be reduced to 10 DSG funding will be allocated in 3 notional blocks ie Schools, Early Years and High Needs block Schools block to be based on October pupil numbers, with the expectation that school budgets can be set earlier High needs block will cover funding for high needs pupils from birth to 25 MFG of -1.5% per pupil to continue in 13/14 & 14/15

3 Permitted Formula Factors Per pupil element with single amount for primary pupils & either a single amount for secondary pupils or different values for KS3 & KS4 Deprivation: basis for allocation is FSM and/or Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) Looked After Children Low cost, high incidence SEN: basis for allocation is attainment (EYFSP for primary and KS2 secondary) EAL (max of 3 years per individual pupil) Lump sum of limited size: same amount for all schools Split sites Rates PFI London fringe area

4 Kirklees Factors No Longer Permitted KS1 class size Small schools protection Premises factors Teaching cost adjustment 5% loss protection Advanced skills teacher support funding Specialist schools funding

5 Exceptional Circumstances The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has discretion to consider exceptional circumstances relating to premises such as rented buildings & swimming pools. Must apply to less than 5% of schools in LA Account for more than 1% of the budget of the school or schools affected

6 New Delegation – Centrally Funded Services Expectation is that funding for central services, within the schools block, should be delegated to schools in the first instance. There are 3 exceptions to this. Exceptions have to be agreed by maintained schools in a phase collectively, through Schools Forum In these circumstances, funding can either be returned or retained by the LA for central provision of the service

7 Exception 1: schools agree service should be provided centrally Support for schools in financial difficulties Contingencies FSM eligibility Insurance Licences/Subscriptions Staff Costs: long term sickness, maternity, trade union & public duties) Support for minority ethnic pupils or underachieving groups Behaviour support services Library & museum services

8 Contingencies A contingency budget can only be retained centrally for limited circumstances: Schools in financial difficulties Additional costs relating to new, re-organised or closing schools Significant pupil growth Exceptional unforeseen costs where unreasonable for GB to meet.

9 Exception 2: Historic Commitments Services where costs are historic or activity normally funded from wider LA budgets Contribution to combined services Redundancy costs Revenue contribution to capital expenditure Transport for pupils with SEN (Such expenditure must meet certain criteria ie as providing a saving to the budget for schools or an educational benefit)

10 Exception 3: LA Statutory Functions Services that have been met through the budget for schools, which relate to statutory functions of the authority : Co-ordinated admissions scheme Servicing schools forum Carbon reduction commitment Capital expenditure funded from revenue

11 Exceptions 2 & 3 Expenditure will be allowed up to the total budgeted for in 2012/13 ie: no new commitments or additional expenditure will be allowed Funding for threshold & performance pay is not an exception and therefore will be delegated by formula

12 High Needs Block A high needs pupil is identified as one requiring provision costing £10k or more Mainstream schools will be expected to provide the first £10k from their budget (£4k AWPU & £6K notional SEN) Where agreed, top ups to this will be provided from the High Needs funding block Special schools, RP units and alternative provisions will be funded from the High Needs Block

13 High Needs Block Special Schools & RP units Funding will be based on 2 factors only: i) Base place allocation of £10k ii) Top up funding ie costs in excess of the base allocation AP units will receive base place allocation of £8k plus top up funding

14 EARLY YEARS No major changes proposed The LA will now be funded for these pupils on the basis of termly counts rather than just the January census

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