Consultation outcome

Fairer schools funding 2015 to 2016

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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This document summarises the results of the consultation and sets out the government’s response.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on the proposal to allocate an additional £350 million in 2015 to 2016 for the least fairly funded local areas.

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Consultation description

The Department for Education proposes to allocate an additional £350 million in the 2015 to 2016 financial year, to increase the per-pupil funding for the least fairly funded local areas.

The proposal will mean that in the 2015 to 2016 financial year, every local area will attract a minimum level of funding for each of its pupils and schools, making the distribution of funding to local areas fairer while ensuring that no area receives a cut to its per-pupil funding. We are proposing to continue the same local funding arrangements for the 2015 to 2016 financial year as are currently in place for the 2014 to 2015 financial year.

We are inviting views on:

  • how to set these minimum funding levels
  • how we will distribute the additional £350 million funding
  • whether small changes to the operation of the sparsity factor would be helpful

This sparsity factor allows local authorities to allocate additional funding to small schools that are essential to serving small rural communities.


Published 13 March 2014
Last updated 17 July 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added government response.
  2. Annex B: technical note added.
  3. First published.