The government started a process in 2012 to reform the school funding system to make it fairer, more consistent and transparent, so that funding intended for education reaches schools and the pupils that need it most.
Last year the department set out how the system would start to change ahead of introducing a national funding formula in the next spending review period. Now schools across the country are funded using a number of clearly defined factors.
During the review a number of areas across the country were visited. A short document was published, which sought to understand more about the concerns heard and to consider how they might be addressed.