Policy paper

National funding formula for schools and high needs

Details of the funding system for schools and high needs.

Documents

National funding formula for schools and high needs: 2021 to 2022

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Details

The schools national funding formula (NFF) is the way the government decides how much core funding to allocate for mainstream state-funded schools in England.

These policy documents set out the details of the national funding formulae for schools, high needs, and the central school services block.

The documents explain how funding is distributed through the formulae, including changes for 2019 to 2020, 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022.

High needs funding is funding for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) who need extra support at school, college or alternative provision settings. Read about the high needs funding arrangements for 2020 to 2021.

The central school services block is funding that local authorities use to provide services for all schools.

You can read the national funding formula tables for schools and high needs: 2021 to 2022.

A guide to the national funding formula is also available.

Published 14 September 2017
Last updated 20 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added 'National funding formula for schools and high needs: 2021 to 2022'.

  2. Added link to national funding formula service.

  3. Added 'National funding formula for schools and high needs: 2020 to 2021'.

  4. Added 'National funding formula for schools and high needs: 2019 to 2020'. Added '2018 to 2019' to older document. Removed April 2018 date from details section and added reference to new 2019 to 2020 document.

  5. First published.