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Establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines

Guidance for local authorities on EFA setting dedicated schools grant baselines and the process for confirming historical commitments.



Education Funding Agency (EFA) is carrying out an exercise to establish revised baselines for the blocks of the dedicated schools grant (DSG) as referred to in the consultation on a national funding formula.

As part of this exercise we are gathering information from local authorities on their 2016 to 2017 financial year baselines. The guidance sets out our overall approach to setting baselines, including:

  • how we produced the 2015 to 2016 starting point baselines
  • how local authorities should provide 2016 to 2017 baselines for use in the 2017 to 2018 allocations
  • how we propose to set the amounts for each block for initial allocations for 2017 to 2018
  • how we will manage the later updates of the early years block to reflect actual numbers of early years pupils

We are also asking local authorities to confirm historical commitments they expect to spend against in the 2017 to 2018 financial year. The guidance here sets out the approach to historic commitments.

EFA has sent an email to each local authority providing details of how to access their baseline template for submission of the required information. Any authority which has not received this email should contact the NFF baselines team.