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School funding changes

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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COUNTY councillors have agreed on a new way to issue funds to the area’s schools.

The changes, which come in to effect next year, have been put in place by Government to make the process of giving cash to schools less complicated, but councillors warn some schools could lose out.

Councillor Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Inevitably, when changes are made to the way resources are allocated there will always be winners and losers.

“The Government recognises these changes will mean some schools will receive less money and has put in place arrangements to ensure year on year loses are kept to manageable levels, generally speaking losses will be capped at no more than 1.5 per cent per pupil.

“Unlike other parts of the public sector, schools’ funding has been largely protected from the full impact of the deficit reduction measures.

“The Government’s Pupil Premium funding, which will help the most disadvantaged pupils, is also set to rise by 50 per cent next year.” Councillor Longden has also pledged to support schools in the area during the process and it has consulted with schools and forums which have largely supported the council’s approach.

Instead of taking in to consideration up to 40 different factors when allocating school budgets, under the new scheme the process will be limited to a maximum of 12.

Councillor Longden added: “We are committed to implementing the national changes as sensitively as possible and will continue to support schools to manage the impact locally.

“The excellent achievement of our pupils is paramount and everything we do is focused on supporting their continuing improvement”

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