The short and long run impact of the national funding formula for schools in England

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Hood, Andrew; Waters, Tom
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
27 April 2017
IFS Briefing Note: BN195
Social Policy, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This briefing note provides impartial explanation and analysis of the proposed reforms to the school funding system. It starts by briefly presenting the case for reform, before setting out what the government has proposed, including transition arrangements. It then analyses the likely effects of these reforms on different schools and areas in the short run up to 2019–20. Such analysis confirms and complements the detailed report recently released by the Education Policy Institute.

Government proposals for a National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools in England starting in 2018–19 would replace the 152 different local authority funding formulae with one single formula.

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