The Secretary of State has announced the details of the final national funding formulae for schools and high needs to parliament yesterday. The Secretary of State’s statement can be found here:

Details of the formulae can be found here:

Alongside this, there are tables setting out the impact of the formulae for every local authority and school in the country, which can be found here:

The Secretary of State for Education yesterday set out the future arrangements for school and high needs funding. In an oral statement to Parliament, she confirmed the introduction of a national funding formula for schools and for pupils with high needs from the 2018-19 financial year. Further details of the funding formulae allocations will be published in September.

The Government is also making available additional funding of £1.3 billion, on top of existing spending plans, in 2018-19 and 2019-20.  As a result, core funding for schools and high needs will rise from almost £41 billion in 2017-18 to £42.4 billion in 2018-19, and to £43.5 billion in 2019-20.

DfE will shortly publish the schools funding operational guide for 2018-19 and the baselines for local authorities’ spending in the current year. The operational guide on high needs funding will be published in September, as in previous years. In the meantime, DfE can confirm that in 2018-19 local authorities will receive, as a minimum, 0.5% more in 2018-19 and 1% more in 2019-20 compared to what local authorities told us they planned to spend in 2017-18, subject to some technical adjustments explained in what is being published.

Further information can be found at

The Fair Funding proposals were issued yesterday (14 December 2016)

The highlights are that no local authorities will lose high needs funding and some LAs will gain 3% per year over the next two years.

The DfE have also acknowledged concerns that some of us have expressed over the ring fencing of the schools block and have allowed some flexibility.

The schools consultation documents (including illustrative allocations for individual schools) can be found at:

The high needs consultation documents can be found at:

If your child has a sensory impairment there may be additional funding for your child, from your local authority, so that s/he is able to fully participate in early years education, such as at the local playgroup or nursery or with a childminder.

Today, (28 January 2016), NatSIP has published a new briefing note on what additional funding may be available from your local authority and how to go about accessing it.

The briefing note can be downloaded pdf here .


The NatSIP funding workstream has published a briefing paper on resource bases and special scools which can be downloaded (once registered and logged on to the website) here: pdf Funding of pupils with SI attending resource bases and special schools (pre-16 provision)

The NatSIP funding workstream has produced a series of Funding Briefings to reflect the content of the Children and Families Act 2014, the SEND Code of Practice and the changes to the Finance Regulations.

These can be accessed in the document library, once logged in to the website.

The funding briefing on Early Years can be downloaded here: pdf Education Funding and Provision for Children with SI in the Early Years

The funding breifing for mainstream schools can be downloaded here: pdf Education Provision and Funding for Pupils with SI in Mainstream Schools

The funding briefing for resource bases and special schools can be downloaded here: pdf Funding of pupils with SI attending resource bases and special schools (pre-16 provision)

Many thanks to Brian Gale and Jamie McMahon of NDCS for leading this work and NatSIP partners for their contributions.