Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for school funding in England

Morning, Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Central London


This seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders from across the education sector to consider the future funding of England’s schools and priorities for improving financial efficiency.

It follows two major consultations and the recent announcement of the Government’s final National Funding Formula for schools, to be introduced from April 2018, which commits to increasing the basic amount of per pupil funding between 2018-2020. The seminar also takes place in the context of the announcement made by the Secretary of State in July of an additional £1.3 billion in core school funding over the next two years.

Delegates will consider the challenges for implementing the formula, including the key implications for different types of schools, disadvantaged pupils and those areas of England which will receive reduced funding. The interaction between schools and local authorities during the initial two year period when local authorities will review and distribute funding based on their own factors will also be considered.

Further sessions will discuss other key issues for schools, including the possible effects of inflation on school budgets and longer term financial planning beyond 2019-2020, as uncertainty continues to surround resource and staff planning prior to the next spending review. Delegates will also examine the priorities for improving efficiency in the school system - including examples of best practice in budget management and identifying areas for potential efficiency savings.

Those attending will also assess the implications of funding reform on other areas of education, including those from which the school funding cash boost will be derived - such as the free schools programme and the provision of school meals, as well as reforms to High Needs Funding and their potential impact on provision for SEND pupils in mainstream education.

Guest of Honour

Tony Foot

Director, Education Funding Group, Department for Education

Guest of Honour

Tony Foot

Director, Education Funding Group, Department for Education


Lucy Powell MP

Member, Education Select Committee


Brian Gale

Director, Policy and Campaigns, National Deaf Children’s Society

Valentine Mulholland

Head of Policy, NAHT

Richard de Friend

Chair of Governors, Ark Evelyn Grace Academy, Brixton

Maire Williams

Economist, National Foundation for Educational Research

Richard Slade

Headteacher, Plumcroft Primary School, London

Chris Belfield

Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies

Michelle Doyle Wildman

Acting Chief Executive, PTA UK

Julia Harnden

Funding Specialist, ASCL

Sean Coughlan

Education Correspondent, BBC News

Barbara Ball

Managing Director, Asend