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1 Dorset County Council Information Document Published: Tuesday 23 September 2014 Ref: Children s Services Sufficiency & Funding Team Dorset Schools Funding Explained For further information contact: Karen Smallwood, Accountant (Schools & Early Years) and Clerk to the Dorset Schools Forum by to or by ringing

2 Contents Page Introduction 3 Dorset Schools Funding Formula 5 1. Basic Entitlement and other factors Age Weighted Pupil Unit Lump sum Sparsity 7 2. Deprivation Deprivation using the number of Free School Meals IDACI (Index of Deprivation Affecting Children Indicators) 8 3. Other additional educational needs Looked After Children (LAC) English as an Additional Language (EAL) Prior Attainment Mobility Exceptional Factors (Generally schools or local factors) Split Sites Rates PFI Funding Sixth Form through the Formula Joint Use Facilities Approved Exceptional Circumstance Inadequate PE Facilities Minimum Funding Guarantee and Capping/Scaling Notional SEN Allocations 15 Other Funding Information Presumption of Delegation De-delegation (maintained schools agree a service should be provided centrally) Historic Commitments Statutory Functions of the LA Equal Pay / Back Pay Funding of Non-SEN Places in Independent Schools Infant Class Size Funding Basic Need Growth Fund Falling Rolls Fund Funding for High Needs Individual Pupil Led Funding Schools with a High Proportion of Statements Moving Towards a National Funding Formula Other Funding Paid to Schools Pupil Premium Universal Infant Meals Post 16 Funding Academies and Maintained Schools funding similarities/differences Other Information 22 2

3 Introduction Before the beginning of each financial year in April, schools are notified of their delegated budget for the forthcoming and future years. This document explains the formula and some of the rationale behind each element. On a national basis, funding is distributed to Local Authorities (Dedicated Schools Grant) and then each LA has a local funding formula to distribute this funding to schools. The formula provides a method of distribution of funds and does not imply a prescribed pattern of expenditure. It is for the Governors of each individual school to decide upon the expenditure budgets of the school in line with the aims of the School Development Plan within the budget available. The DfE started a process to reform the school funding system in 2012 and plans are in progress to introduce a national funding formula in the next spending review period. The formula LAs use to distribute funding to schools was changed in , with a reduction of the number of formula factors. LAs, in conjunction with their Schools Forum, can decide the proportions of funding to go through the prescribed factors. The new factors are designed to distribute a greater proportion of funding through pupil-led factors. Each year over 250 million comes into Dorset from central government through the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). Notionally the DSG is split into three blocks; the Early Years Block, the Schools Block and the High Needs Block. The Early Years Block covers funding for entitlement to free nursery education for 15 hours per week for deprived 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds, plus some central funding to offer support and advice to new and existing providers on a range of issues including: safeguarding and welfare; inclusion; Early Years Foundation Stage; developing new provision; recruitment; committee; managing allegations. Dorset has 502 providers of Ofsted Registered Childcare for Children under Five Years Old in Dorset; 72 day care providers, 135 Pre-School Playgroups, 295 Childminders and additionally there are an average of 72 providers of Out-of School, breakfast and holiday provision. Ninety five percent of Dorset's provision is private, voluntary or independent settings. The High Needs Block covers budget for pupils whose needs cost more than 10,000. Some of this funding is provided by the school, some is provided through a place mechanism and the majority is as top ups for individual Dorset children and young people. The Schools Block is the majority of the funding which is almost all distributed to Dorset schools through the Dorset Schools Funding Formula. This formula is governed by statutory regulations with strict parameters. This block also includes centrally retained services. 3

4 The following diagram illustrates the split of funding between the three blocks: Funding Formula Total DSG Allocation m 13.4 m m inc 0.7m de-delegations 35.5 m Early Years Free Entitlement Currently centrally retained services for EY Early Years Single Funding Formula For 3 & 4 yr olds and Deprived 2 yr olds 3.6 m Centrally Retained Pupil Growth/ Falling Rolls Admissions Schools Forum CRC PRC EY team Schools Delegated Budgets for R-11inc lower SEN Factors Allowed Basic Per pupil Primary/KS3/KS4 Lump Sum Sparsity Deprivation IDACI and/or FSM Looked After Children Prior Attainment (as partial indicator of SEN) Pupil Mobility English as Additional Language Split Site Rates PFI contracts Joint Use (exceptional factor) High Needs High Needs SEN including Mainstream and academy top ups all special schools Special units and Pupil Referral Units > 10,000 high cost SEN > 8,000 cost PRU/AP All providers have 10k/ 8k min and LA commissions provision in most appropriate setting For High needs pupil up to 25 October Pupil Numbers 4

5 Dorset Schools Funding Formula The formula consists of a number of factors which are: 1. Basic Entitlement and other factors 1.1. Age weighted pupil unit (AWPU) 1.2. Lump Sum 1.3. Sparsity 2. Deprivation 2.1. FSM 2.2. IDACI 3. Other additional educational needs 3.1. LAC 3.2. EAL 3.3. Prior attainment 3.4. Mobility 4. Exceptional Factors (Generally school or local factors) 4.1. Split Sites 4.2. Rates 4.3. PFI funding 4.4. Sixth form through the formula 4.5. Joint Use Facilities 4.6. Inadequate Facilities 5. Minimum Funding Guarantee (not part of the Dorset Schools Funding formula) - used to protect per pupil funding from one year to the next. Factors underlined are considered to be pupil-led factors. A minimum of 80% of delegated schools block funding must be allocated through these pupil-led factors. In Dorset we are allocating 86.8% of schools block funding through these factors. 1. Basic Entitlement and other factors 1.1 Age Weighted Pupil Unit The Age Weighted Pupil Unit is the main element of funding in the formula and is for the general funding of pupils without any additional needs. It covers the costs of leadership, teaching, support staff, resources, support services and the costs of running and maintaining the premises. In it accounted for 80% of the schools block funding. It is an amount per pupil at primary age, Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4 and should reflect the needs of a school in educating a pupil of each age group In the AWPUs were set at: Primary 2,723, Key Stage 3 3,663 and Key Stage 4 4,497 per pupil. This gives a weighting between these values of 1 : 1.34 : 1.65 (in the weighting was 1 : 1.40 : The DfE has specified minimum AWPU values of 2,000 for 5

6 primary and 3,000 for KS3 and KS The charts below show how Dorset AWPU values compare the national average and 14 South West LAs in with the Dorset value for reference. Dorset Primary: 2,723 per pupil Dorset Key Stage 3: 3,663 per pupil Dorset Key Stage 4: 4,497 per pupil 1.2 Lump Sum The lump sum (sometimes referred to as the block) was the principal method of supporting small schools in It was intended to recognise that small schools have a higher level of fixed costs when calculated on a per pupil basis. By providing a lump sum to every school, fixed costs were supported and so small schools were proportionately less affected by reductions in funding should pupil numbers reduce. 6

7 1.2.2 The 2013 regulations required that the lump sum was the same for every school in a local authority up to a maximum of 200,000. In 2014 this changed so it is possible to differentiate by phase and the maximum allowed lump sum is 175, In Dorset set the lump sum at 110,000 for primary schools and 175,000 for secondary schools. Middle schools receive half the primary lump sum plus half the secondary lump sum, reflecting the number of year groups in each phase The graphs below shows how Dorset compared with other local authorities in Dorset 110,000 Dorset 175, Sparsity Sparsity is a new factor introduced in the funding formulae. It was added to address concerns raised about the impact of the funding reforms and the lump sum arrangements on small schools in rural areas. Whether a school is deemed to be sparse depends on two considerations: its sparsity distance and its number of pupils A school s sparsity distance is derived from those pupils for whom it is their closest school (irrespective of whether they attend it). For all those pupils, the average distance to their second nearest school for these pupils is calculated. Distances are calculated using the crow flies distance from a pupil s postcode to a school s postcode The sparsity factor may be applied to small schools where the average distance to pupils second nearest school is at least 2 miles (for primary schools, middle schools and all- through schools) or 3 miles (for secondary schools); and they have a maximum of 150 pupils (for primary schools) or 600 pupils (for middle schools, all-through schools and secondary schools). 7

8 1.3.4 Whilst the introduction of the factor was welcomed in Dorset, it did not fairly provide funding to all small rural schools in need. Whilst this factor has been used in order to show support for it, the total funding distributed is relatively small ( 116k, 0.06% of total funding) For primary schools the criteria was 2 miles distance threshold and 150 pupil number threshold. In Dorset this funding was only provided to primary schools. Two other south west authorities used this factor and paid funding to both primary and secondary schools (Devon 0.4% of total funding and Somerset 0.2% of total funding). Nationally the factor was used by only 24 Local Authorities. 2. Deprivation Deprivation is another mandatory factor (as well as AWPU) which every local authority must use in their formula. Local authorities can distribute their deprivation funding using one or both of two indicators: children eligible for free school meals (FSM - which could be either straight FSM or Ever 6); or Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) data. For Dorset used a combination of the two but with a larger emphasis on FSM (including Ever6). The funding figures were 7.9m for deprivation ( 7.1m via FSM and 0.8m via IDACI). 2.1 Deprivation using the number of Free School Meals The alternative measure for funding deprivation is using the number of pupils eligible for free school meals (which in reality means the number that have claimed free school meals). There are two alternatives: we can either fund just pupils who are eligible at the last census; or, and this is the method that Dorset chooses, we can fund pupils that are eligible now, or have been eligible within the last 6 years. There are still a number of children whose parents, for a variety of reasons, would be eligible, but choose not to apply. In Dorset, a comparison of the FSM database with the MOSAIC dependents database implies that this could be quite a considerable number. This is why using a combination of IDACI with FSM6 could be a compromise that potentially provides funding to schools for the greatest number of deprived pupils. 2.2 IDACI (Index of Deprivation Affecting Children Indicators) This is the ranking of each Lower Super Output Area (LSOA). This is a government defined area of England which comprises roughly 1500 people 1. Each LSOA is ranked from 1 to 32,482 with a ranking of 1 being the most deprived and 32,482 the least deprived. In Dorset in

9 the IDACI factor was only used for primary pupils to calculate deprivation funding. This is a change from when IDACI was used to calculate deprivation funding for both the primary and secondary phase The following graphs show the % of total funding for deprivation in Dorset compared with 14 south west Local Authorities and nationally. Dorset 2.45% of total funding Dorset 1.52% of total funding Dorset 3.97% of total funding 9

10 In the primary phase Dorset gives out 4.9M of deprivation funding (2.45% of total funding) In the secondary phase Dorset gave out 3.0M of deprivation funding (1.52% of total funding) 10

11 3. Other additional educational needs 3.1 Looked After Children (LAC) This is one of three strands of funding available for Looked After Children (or Children in Care (CiC) as they are known in Dorset). The strands are Pupil Premium, Personal Education Allowance and this formula factor for LAC. In Dorset in , the funding formula contained 1,069 per pupil through the formula in addition to both Pupil Premium for Looked after Children and the Personal Education Allowance (PEA) managed by the Virtual School Team. Please note: The funding in the PEA is to provide personalised support that a parent would normally provide and is spent is consultation with the young person on their priorities. The formula funding is intended to support the schools responsibilities, in recognition that there are often additional costs for CiC, for example additional case meetings, and that CiC are often behind their peers in terms of attainment as a result of their circumstances. When we asked schools what they needed this funding for, they reported that it was used for additional emotional literacy support, language support, attending meetings and other costs of a bureaucratic nature. In it was decided not to use this factor as sufficient support is available through the other two strands of funding. 3.2 English as an Additional Language (EAL) LA formulae are permitted to provide funding to pupils who have English as an Additional Language for up to 3 years after they enter the statutory age education system. In Dorset we chose to limit this to 2 years in the school system as it was considered that after 2 years pupils should have acquired enough English language skills for this to no longer affect their progress. Pupils who do not progress after this period of time should be assessed for other additional needs. In Dorset in we provided 750 per primary EAL pupil and 600 per secondary EAL pupil. It is recognised that there is a need for expediency in order for secondary pupils to catch up in time to succeed in their GCSEs. The primary amount has increased in to address the need highlighted by the Forum..?? The graph below shows how much Dorset funds for EAL relative to other local authorities in As Authorities vary in paying funding over 1-3 years, the graph shows the total funding per pupil allocated in a maximum of 3 years. 11

12 3.3 Prior Attainment The DfE are retaining the EYFSP as the main indicator for prior attainment for primary aged pupils, as it is the best measure available and avoids the turbulence of change. Due to the new EYFSP, the measure will be changed to identify children who might need additional support. In , for the cohort who are moving into KS1, pupils will qualify for the prior attainment factor where they have not achieved a good level of development. This will include all those who have not achieved the expected level of development in all 12 prime areas of learning as well as maths and literacy In , pupils qualified for the prior attainment factor at KS2, if they failed to achieve a level 4 or higher in English and maths. The DfE want to ensure that the prior attainment measure identifies pupils who are less likely to go on and attain well at KS4. The DfE have reviewed attainment data, which shows that currently, on a national basis, only 20% of pupils who achieved a level 4 in English or maths went on to achieve the 5 (A*-C) GCSEs including English and maths. In light of this, the DfE will be changing this measure so that in , pupils will be identified as having low prior attainment, if they fail to achieve a level 4 or higher in English or a level 4 or higher in maths. The DfE expect such a change to mean that this revised measure would identify around 21% of pupils For those assessed at Key Stage 2 up to 2012, local authorities will be able to use the KS2 data as published to determine the number of pupils failing to achieve a level 4 in English. For pupils assessed at Key Stage 2 from 2013 onwards, the English element of the KS2 measure will identify those that do not achieve a level 4 in either the reading or teacher assessed writing 12

13 elements. We are excluding the grammar, punctuation and spelling test results for now. This brings the prior attainment measure in line with the new KS2 floor standards. 3.4 Mobility Dorset had used mobility to support schools, especially service schools, with high numbers of mobile pupils, above a threshold, although pupil premium for service children is now addressing some of this need. For , the DfE have recognised the need for a threshold, and has set it at 10%. This is lower than Dorset would have preferred. 4. Exceptional factors 4.1 Split Sites Schools on split sites are defined as those having exceptional additional costs above other schools not similarly affected. These can include the need to set up additional reception facilities, duplicate resources or have either pupils or staff travelling from site to site. Dependent upon the sites, there can be difficulties in timetabling too A split site is defined as separate sites with at least 750 meters and a highway between site main entrances and the second and subsequent sites must house children of compulsory school age equal to at least the admission number of the school or 50 pupils (whichever is the greater). 13

14 4.1.3 The following lump sums are payable: 4.2 Rates Additional admin for 2nd site (all phases) 16,646 Additional admin per site for sites in excess of 2 (all phases) 14,603 Additional 2 midday supervisors per site for sites in excess of 1 (all phases) 4,741 Additional assistant head teacher per site for sites in excess of 1 (all phases) 28,418 Additional technician per site for sites in excess of 1 (primary/middle schools) 18,919 Additional 2 technicians per site for sites in excess of 1 (secondary) 37,837. In addition, there are 3 joint 6th forms (of two schools each): each school receives a lump sum of 12,500; a distance-between-sites factor of 5, per mile; and per 6th form student Rates are provided to schools on the basis of actual costs. Special Schools do not pay rates. Initial funding is based on estimated payments for the year, with an adjustment for actuals later. 4.3 PFI Funding Similar to the Joint Use factor, this factor is to enable the contractual arrangements associated with a PFI contract to be funded. This affects only one school in Dorset which is the process of converting to academy status and again, similarly to the Joint Use contracts, the DCC obligations of the PFI contract are being legally transferred to the Academy Trust. Both the PFI and Joint Use Factors are funded at estimated actual cost or as agreed in the academy conversion contracts. 4.4 Sixth Form through the Formula Schools with a sixth form are funded at 129 per sixth form pupil. This is the replacement for funding for sixth form pupils that used to be included in the School Standards Grant. 4.5 Joint Use Facilities This factor is an exceptional premises factor that the LA was granted permission to use by the DfE in The criteria for acceptance of this factor (or any other exceptional factor) was that it is applied to no more than 5% of schools in the LA and for each of those schools, it amounts to more than 1% of that school s budget. Joint Use arrangements are made where there is a contact between Dorset County Council and a Dorset District Council for shared facilities for educational use OR for academies such an agreement was legally transferred to the Academy Trust at conversion. 4.6 Approved Exceptional Circumstance Inadequate PE Facilities In it was agreed with the Secretary of State to pay 5,000 to eight schools. 14

15 5. The Minimum Funding Guarantee and Capping/Scaling 5.1 The minimum Funding Guarantee was introduced in 2005 as a result of the perceived school funding crisis. At that time changes in funding arrangements left some schools with considerably different budgets from the one they had the year before. In order that schools should not lose too much funding in one year, the MFG was created. It has been through several versions, but basically it provides a guarantee that at a per pupil level, funding will either increase by a minimum amount or decrease by a maximum amount. At present the DfE has set an MFG level of minus 1.5%. This means that the amount of funding per pupil received in one year is protected in the following year to at least 98.5% of that value after removal of rates and the lump sum from the calculation. The operation of the MFG is complex. Schools are entitled to this funding, but should not consider that it is part of the funding formula it is only a protection on that formula and it protects against change in the formula not against falling rolls. 5.2 The DfE continue to exclude from the calculation of the MFG: lump sum; post-16 funding; allocations from the High Needs Block, including those for named pupils with SEN; allocations made through the early years single funding formula; and rates. 5.3 The smaller a school is the more of an amplifying effect can occur in the operation of the MFG. Where the divisor (number of pupils in the first year) is small, the amount per pupils will be larger. If the school pupil numbers rise, the school will be protected at a larger pound per pupil than a school whose numbers have been reasonably static. This is not necessarily fair and over a number of years can lead to very different funding levels for two schools that look to be of a similar size and these anomalies in funding levels are cumulative. 5.4 Schools should not therefore assume that funding levels will remain. Over time, with a negative MFG, some of the anomalies in the MFG will work themselves out, but most LAs want to try to level the playing field in their funding formulae and take out the unexplainable differences in funding. At this time, the government is protecting schools MFG levels, but this may not continue in the same way with the introduction of a national funding formula. The MFG should never be considered to be long term funding. 5.5 Any school that is entitled to an MFG protection needs to have that paid for by the remaining schools. The DfE allow schools gains in funding as a result of changes in the formula to be capped. That is, in the same way that schools are entitled to a maximum loss per pupil, other schools will have a maximum gain per pupil. Any gain above the maximum level will be capped to pay for the MFG losses. In Dorset we have capped gains at 1.38% per pupil in Notional SEN Allocations 6.1 Funding for notional special educational needs (notional SEN) is not a separate formula factor. Rather, local authorities must specify how much of the schools block funding a school receives through the formula, constitutes its notional SEN budget. In their funding formulae for , local authorities specify what percentage of funding allocated through each factor constitutes to making up the notional SEN budget. 15

16 6.2 In Dorset it is calculated using the following formula factors: Prior Attainment 100% IDACI (Deprivation ) 50% Free School Meals (Deprivation) 30% AWPU 5% Other Funding Information 7. Presumption of Delegation Most funding for services within the Schools Block is delegated to schools, but there are eight exceptions: 7.1 De-delegation (maintained schools agree a service should be provided centrally) In Dorset, this is: Contingency; Trade Union Facilities; Licenses/Subscriptions; Behaviour Support Service (Primary) and free school meals checking. 7.2 Historic Commitments funding is retained for ongoing school premature retirement costs and the last year of commitments for advanced skills teachers. 7.3 Statutory Functions of the LA funding is retained for admissions and the Schools Forum. 7.4 Equal Pay / Back Pay not needed in Dorset. 7.5 Funding of Non-SEN Places in Independent Schools not needed in Dorset. 7.6 Infant Class Size Fund included in pupil growth funding. 7.7 Basic Need Growth Fund This is a single fund that will support all major changes in school status - new or expanding schools, re-organising schools or schools that change character (e.g. change from first to primary), including academies and free schools. Funding will only be allocated where the requirement to take additional pupils as a result of population change (Basic Need) comes from a formal request from the LA for a new school or increased capacity - either with a bulge class or permanently. This request will be presented from the LA as it is part of the LAs duty to ensure sufficiency of places. This funding is not available to schools that grow through choice. The conditions agreed with the Dorset Schools Forum are: To top-slice the DSG in order to create a Growth Fund to support pre-16 numbers in schools and academies which are required to provide extra places in order to meet basic need as agreed with the authority; Pre-opening and re-organisation costs of new and changing schools (appointment of staff, purchase of goods or services, initial diseconomy of scale costs, etc.); 16

17 Support to provide an extra class (either as a bulge class, as an ongoing commitment or to meet infant class size regulations); Support where a school has extended its age range; Support where a school has increased its PAN by 0.5 FE (13) primary, 1FE (25) secondary (unless the school can unequivocally demonstrate the requirement for an additional class e.g. where incremental growth has now reached a critical tipping point) or more pupils in agreement with the authority; Support for KS1 classes where overall pupil numbers exceed a multiple of 30 and reorganisation within mixed age classes would also not be sustainable (less than 25 pupils per class); Pre-opening costs / initial equipping allowance for new maintained schools and recoupment academies, including new academies and free schools, where the school is opening in response to basic need. 7.8 Falling Rolls Fund The agreed criteria for the fund in are: i. School requesting support to mitigate the short-term financial impact of falling rolls must be graded Outstanding or Good by OFSTED on the date of approval. ii. iii. iv. Falling roles will only be calculated on the normal year(s) of transfer (YR, Y3, Y5, Y7 and Y9 depending on whether Infant, First, Junior, Primary, Middle, Secondary or Upper School). Schools which normally have more than one age of transfer (due to differences in neighbouring schools transfer age) may have more than one calculation/payment. Surplus capacity is 14 places (or more) or 80% (or less) of the number of pupils expected (qualifying on either category), based on the average* of the January census figures for the normal year of transfer for the previous 5 years. (*The average will be adjusted / normalised so that any anomalies such as bulge classes or managed changes in area provision can be taken into account). Local planning data for the pyramid shows a requirement for at least 70% of the surplus places within the following 3 academic years. This is calculated as the 5yr average for the year group less the number on roll for the year group. *70% added to NOR for the year group, must be the predicted NOR for the year group in the school within the next 3 years. v. It must be demonstrated that formula funding available to the school will not support provision of an appropriate curriculum for the remaining cohort (e.g. evidence will need to be provided to show the impact on meeting basic curriculum requirements or on the pupils being unable to continue part completed examination courses). vi. Any MFG the school receives will be deducted from the grant amount (as with our policy on pupil growth). 17

18 vii. viii. ix. In the first instance any shortfall in funding due to falling rolls should be made up from any school surplus above 1.7% for a secondary school, 2.7% for a primary or special school or 20,000 whichever is the higher, (as it is anticipated that the school will have been planning for this eventuality) and this will be taken into account when considering an application. Academies will be required to provide the LA with details of their financial position to demonstrate whether or not there is a surplus to take into account. Schools will be funded at 100% of AWPU for the agreed number of pupils (through determining the difference between the average from the historic model and the actual level) beyond 14 pupils/20% shortfall in the relevant cohort. Funding provided will be a one off payment and not a continuing payment as the cohort moves through the school. PAYMENT In the academic year when falling rolls occur, the school will receive 7/12 s of funding at the previous census level. The falling rolls payment will therefore be made in the later part of the academic year the next financial year. (A falling roll intake in 2013 will be a claim in the financial year and the surplus will be the carry forward into that financial year). 8. Funding for High Needs The following diagram shows the interaction of funding between the schools block and the high needs block in order to support pupils with special educational needs. The funding inside the red box is from the high needs block. Mainstream schools pay the first 10,000 of support costs before additional funding is accessed from the high needs block. 18

19 Funding follows pupil as close to real time as possible. High Needs Block + plus support from Central High Needs Block Support Services K Top Up Funding 10k Top Up as needed from maintaining LA commissioning budget Dorset Commissioning Budget Top Up as needed from CYP LA commissioning budget Top Up as needed from CYP LA commissioning budget Top Up as needed from CYP LA commissioning budget Additional Support Funding 4k Core Funding SEN Notional Delegated Budget Approximate Value of AWPU Basic Place Funding 10,000 Basic Place Funding 8,000 Contribution of 6,000 Mainstream per student funding (from funding System Funding paid at beginning of year 10 Mainstream Schools (maintained and academy) (excl resourced provision) Special Schools and Resourced Provision Maintained, academy, independent, NMSS PRU / Alternative Provider Post 16 (all providers) 8.1. Individual Pupil Led Funding TA support at 7.25/hr is funded above the first 16 hours of TA support per week as specified on the high needs pupil's statement (16 x 7.25 x 52 = 6,032). 8.2 Schools with a High Proportion of Statements The number of high needs pupils to be funded by the school is restricted to one in every 75 pupils on roll in October rounded down, before additional funding of 4,800 per pupil is triggered. E.g. if NOR is 200 and a school has 4 high needs pupils, responsibilities would be as follows: For first 2 pupils (200 NOR 75 & rounded down) the school funds from their delegated budget. For the 3rd and 4th pupils the LA pays 9,600 ( 4,800 x2). Statements are being phased out over the next three years and will be replaced by Education Health and Care Plans. The same funding will apply to both statements and Education Health and Care Plans. 19

20 9. Moving towards a national funding formula 9.1 The DfE intends to introduce a national funding formula in the next spending review period. Formula factors first changed in are now consistent across the country, although values are set locally within certain boundaries. The intention is to allocate a greater proportion of a school s funding on a per-pupil basis. 10. Other Funding paid to schools 10.1 Pupil Premium In the 2014 to 2015 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years: 1,300 for primary-aged pupils 935 for secondary-aged pupils Schools will also receive 1,900 for each looked-after pupil who: has been looked after for 1 day or more was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under: o a special guardianship order o a residence order 10.2 Universal Infant Meals Revenue funding will be based on a rate of 2.30 for each meal taken by pupils who will become newly eligible for a FSM as a result of the UIFSM policy. Schools will be expected to continue to fund meals for pupils eligible for FSMs under the existing criteria in the same way that they do currently. A new indicator on the school census will be introduced from autumn 2014 to record the numbers of newly eligible infants. This provisional allocation is based on pupil data from the January 2014 Schools Census planning assumption that (i) 87% of newly eligible pupils will take meals, and (ii) those pupils will take 190 school meals in the course of a full academic year. The final allocation will be based on actual take-up data derived from an average of the October 2014 and January 2015 schools censuses. The final allocation will be used to calculate a third term payment, to be made in early summer 2015; schools will receive an amount equal to their final allocation minus the amount they received in June/July Any schools with low levels of take-up which results in a final allocation lower than the amount paid in June/July 2014 would not receive a third term payment. The amount overpaid to such schools would be deducted from the first payment for the 2015/16 academic year One-off small school transitional funding will be notified to schools on an individual basis. 20

21 10.3 Post 16 Funding 2014/15 funding is based on student numbers in the autumn 2013 census. The funding formula is: ( Student ( Numbers x National Funding Rate per x Student Retention Factor x Programme Cost + Weighting Disadvantage) Funding ) x Area Cost Allowance = Total Programme Funding Plus Transitional Protection from 2011/12 Formula Protection Funding High Needs Students Student Support Funding 11. Academies and Maintained Schools funding similarities differences Similarities School Budget Share is based on the Dorset funding formula and pupil numbers as of the previous October (or previous January for pupil premium); SEN top-up funding and resource bases; Pupil premium; Universal infant meals; Rates reclaimed from EFA; Sixth form funding; Devolved formula capital (DFC). Differences School Budget Share is known as the General Annual Grant (GAG) for academies; The maintained school financial year runs from 1 st April to 31 st March, whereas the academy financial year is 1 st September to 31 st August; The Education Services Grant goes directly to the academy; An additional insurance grant of 20 per pupil, (GAG) top up funding was available by application- however EFA have set up a framework agreement for insurance which brings costs down - from 2014/15 this top up grant will no longer be available - except where a contract has not yet expired; Academies capital maintenance fund (ACMF) next application round

22 12. Other Information Dorset Scheme for Financing Schools Cash Funded Schools (see section 3.5 in the Dorset Scheme for Financing Schools) Purchasing services on Nexus 22

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