Implementing mandatory minimum per pupil funding levels

7 January 2020

The Government has published details of the responses it received to a consultation held in Autumn 2019 which sought views on how to implement the minimum per pupil funding levels on a mandatory basis in local five to 16 school funding formulae.

The report also outlines the steps it plans to take in the light of the feedback received.

The consultation focused in particular on how local authorities should implement the change in their local funding formulae, covering:

  • the methodology used to calculate the minimum per pupil levels in local funding formulae;

  • the circumstances in which local authorities can request to disapply the use of the minimum per pupil levels;

  • further comments for any other considerations for delivering this change at local level;

  • with regard to the public sector equality duty, the impact of the proposals on different groups of pupils, particularly those that share relevant protected characteristics.

According to the Department for Education (DfE), there were 187 responses to the consultation with the majority being from schools (100) and local authorities (61). Over a third of all authorities in England took part.

“The minimum per pupil funding levels will be implemented in every local authority funding formula by following the same methodology used in the NFF, which received strong support in the consultation as the simplest and most consistent approach,” the DfE explains.

This calculates the minimum per pupil amount that a school must receive, based on the number of year groups it has in each phase.

For primary schools and secondary schools with standard structures of seven and five year groups respectively, this will always come to £3750 per pupil and £5000 per pupil respectively.

For the purpose of then calculating whether and how much a school should be ‘topped up’ to that minimum level, its per pupil funding includes all funding it receives through the local schools formula, excluding premises and growth funding.