Stage 2 of the National Funding Formula consultation opens – Friday 16 December 2016

Merry Christmas to all Governors and a Happy New Year

This week I report on the next stage of the consultation on a new national funding formula, the publication of Ofsted’s new ‘improving governance’ study, information on subsidised funding for the Chairs and aspiring Chairs programme and the release of revised Key Stage 2 SATs results and Primary School performance tables .

Schools National Funding Formula
On Wednesday the Department for Education published its response to stage 1 of the consultation on a new national funding formula. The new formula will be introduced in 2018 to 2019 and there will be a transitional year during which local authorities will continue to set local schools funding formulae. The Government also provided an interactive spreadsheet illustrating the impact of the proposed formula on individual schools. You can look up your school on the first sheet of the document or see a full list of schools in the tab ‘NFF all schools’.

The Government announced the second stage of its consultation on the new funding formula and at the same time opened a consultation on High Needs funding. High needs funding is for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities who need extra support at school, college or alternative provision settings. The Government is looking for views on the weighting for each factor in the proposed formula as well as the transition to and implementation of the formula.

Ofsted ‘Improving governance’ study
Yesterday Ofsted published its ‘improving governance’ study looking at the challenges facing governing bodies in schools. The report draws on evidence from visits to 24 improving primary, secondary and special schools  situated in some of the poorest areas of the country to look at their governance arrangements. It also uses evidence from routine inspections and monitoring visits over the last year and from 2,632 responses to a call for evidence initiated by HMCI in November 2015. The report identifies the barriers faced by governors in these schools and the actions taken to strengthen their professional skills and fulfil their roles as effective, strategic school leaders.

Funded training for Chairs and aspiring Chairs
Leading Governance is running the Governors’ Leadership Development programme for governors in Spennymoor, Durham, with the support of the Governor Services teams from Durham and Middlesbrough. The programmes are open to all chairs and aspiring chairs in the North East.

These six month accredited programmes normally cost £399, but the National College of Teaching and Leadership has made scholarships available, meaning that the cost to you/your school is just £79.

The first session will start on 23rd January 2017. For more information and to register for the programme, please go to or call 0121 237 4600.

Primary School Performance Tables and revised Key Stage 2 SATs results
Yesterday the DfE published the Primary Schools performance tables as well as the revised Key Stage 2 SATs results at national, regional and local authority level.