27 March 2019
This Council notes that:
· Nearly 20 schools in Gloucestershire are not receiving the minimum funding, as guaranteed by the Conservative Government’s National Funding Formula (NFF), while many are only fractionally above this.
· That, whilst overall funding for Gloucestershire schools has increased by over £58 million, or 15% since 2015, many schools are concerned that this has not covered their costs. Between 2015 and 2020 Gloucestershire’s schools are predicted to have lost more than £11 million in real terms funding, an average of approximately £147 per pupil.
· The change in the ‘1 in 75’ rule (devised to compensate schools that attract a disproportionate number of children with high needs), to ‘1 in 40’ was suggested to the Council by the Schools Forum and does not remove any funding from Gloucestershire schools.
This Council also notes that:
· That in 2017, after more than 20 years lobbying by this Council, the Government agreed to introduce a national funding formula for schools, although this will now not be implemented until 2021.
· Costs have risen significantly, with staffing costs increasing by over 20 per cent.
· NFF minimum figures have been described as “not enough to run a school”
· It is illegal for any school to attempt to cut the number of special needs pupils.
The Council therefore resolves to:
· Call for the County Council Leader to make representations to the national government, calling for:
o A recognition of the the challenges that Gloucestershire schools face.
o Recognition that the NFF minimums are not enough to run a school
o The 2019 Spending Review to address the issue of school funding, such that all schools receive suitable funding.
o A commitment to continuing to take the advice of the Schools Forum in reaching future spending decisions.