School Funding – who is right?
Jeremy Corbyn came to Telford this week and visited Newdale School. Follow the visit, he tweeted that the school ‘was facing cutbacks’.
The National Funding Formula (NFF) proposes changing the amount of money schools receive, of that there is no doubt, but how will Telford schools fare?
There is a popular website call School Cuts which has been set up by teaching unions to ‘project the effects of several government policies’.
Good News: School Cuts offers a link to the data used to calculate the funding by school figures.
Bad News: the link is to an empty Dropbox folder, so you can’t check.
The TES, (Times Educational Suppliment) has also published a list of the winners and losers in the NFF. TES puts Telford & Wrekin Schools at gaining by 2.2%, putting us in the top echelon.
This is confirmed by the Education.gov.uk sites projections too. Check for yourself here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/
So are schools in Telford going to lose out? No, at least not based on the calculations here. Be mindful that ALL figures used by everyone are still only proposals.