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School Funding

Each February individual budget share and funding information for the next financial year is sent to each school via Anycomms. The amount is calculated on the previous October school’s census.

The file includes a breakdown of the figures and any changes to the formulae.

 See below for the type of funding and how it’s calculated:-

Early Years Block

  • Basic funding. Previous years actuals x by hourly rate
  • Deprivation. Previous years actual x deprivation rate

Schools Block Funding inside Minimum Funding Guarantee (MFG)

Age Weighted Pupil Unit (AWPU)

  • AWPU funding is based on a fixed rate per pupil in Primary, KS3 and KS4, this is then multiplied by the number of FTE pupils as at the October census within each stage.

Prior Attainment

  • Primary - Due to the introduction of the new Early Years Profile, funding is attracted by those pupils in years 1 to 3 who do not achieve a good level of development in all 12 areas, or for pupils in year 4 and above pupils not attaining 78 points on the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, this is then divided by the total number of pupils that took the test multiplied by the total FTE on roll.  This calculates the average level of attainment which is multiplied by the rate.
  • Secondary - Funding is only attracted by those pupils who do not achieve level 4 or above in either English or Maths at KS2 this is then divided by the total number of pupils that took the test multiplied by the total FTE on roll.  This calculates the average level of attainment which is multiplied by the rate.

Deprivation

  • The deprivation funding is based on 7 bands between 0 and 6, each pupil is mapped to an IDACI band based on their home postcode.  Pupils with IDACI band 0 attract no funding, the funding is then based on the number of pupils in each band multiplied by the appropriate rate.  If the pupil's postcode is not recognised they are apportioned according to the number of FTE within each band.

Free School Meals

  • Free school meal funding is based on the number of eligible pupils on census multiplied by the rate.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

  • EAL funding is attracted by pupils who are recorded as having English on the census multiplied by the rate.  Pupils are only eligible for the first 3 years they appear on the census with the EAL indicator.

Looked After Children (LAC)

  • LAC funding is attracted by any child who has been looked after for one day or more as recorded on the local authority SSDA903 return at 31 March.

Mobility

  • This funding is attracted by pupils entered a school during the last three academic years, but did not start in August or September (or January for reception pupils.  There is a 10% threshold and funding is allocated on the proportion above the threshold - so if a school has 12% mobility, then 2% of pupils would attract funding.

Split Site Allowance

  • This is a fixed amount for schools that are operating  from split sites (min 1/2 mile apart by shortest distance).

Fringe Allowance funding

  • Schools in Chiltern & South Bucks pay teachers a fringe allowance, these schools receive additional funding to support this.  The amount is calculated by taking the total funding within MFG multiplied by the DFE fringe rate.

Minimum Funding Guarantee (MFG) Protection

To calculate MFG the schools data is included in a formula if the calculation is more than 1.5% of last year’s budget County will make up the difference, ie the school will be no worse than 1.5% off last year budget

MFG Minimum Funding Level

  • This is the minimum level of funding inside MFG a school can expect to receive.  The basis of the calculation is the previous years school budget share inside MFG value divided by the previous years FTE multiplied by the MFG rate.  This is the protected per pupil rate, which is then multiplied by the current years FTE.

MFG Maximum Funding

  • This is the maximum level of funding inside MFG a school can expect to receive. The basis of the calculation is the previous years school budget share inside MFG value divided by the previous years FTE multiplied by MFG cap.  This is the capped per pupil rate, which is then multiplied by the current years FTE.

MFG Protection

  • This is the amount of additional funding a school can expect to receive for protection if applicable.  The basis of the calculation is the MFG minimum level of funding less current year school budget share inside MFG.

MFG Cap

  • This is the reduction in funding a school is capped by if applicable.  The basis of the calculation is the current years school budget share inside MFG less the MFG maximum level of funding.

Schools Block Funding outside Minimum Funding Guarantee (MFG)

Lump Sum

  • This is a fixed amount per school as agreed by Schools Forum.

Rates

  • The amount allocated in the budget is based on previous years actual rates costs. The Authority pays the rates bills on behalf of the schools and then recharges to recover the costs.  

De-Delegation

This amount of money relates to the services/functions that the Schools Forum agreed for the LA to centrally retain.  This includes schools contingency fund, jury service, union facilities agreement.  The basis of the calculation for this deduction is on a per pupil basis.

Sixth Form Funding

  • 6th form pupils are funded by the EFA who provide the LA with a schedule detailing the funding due to each school.  The funding for the financial year is based on 4/12ths of the current academic years funding and 8/12ths of the following academic years funding.

Fringe on Lump Sum

  • Schools in Chiltern & South Bucks pay teachers a fringe allowance, these schools receive additional funding to support this.  The amount is calculated by taking the lump sum multiplied by the DFE fringe rate.

High Needs Block (SEN) Funding Outside MFG

ARP Funding

  • £10,000 per agreed place plus top up funding. Top up funding is paid on a locator (based on level of need) plus AWPU (Age Weighted Pupil Unit).

High Needs SSA Funding Top Up (Hours over 13.5)

  • SEN support required over and above 13.5 hours multiplied by the SSA per hour rate. (this amount is pro rata if the child leaves during the year)

Timescales when funding is paid to schools

Grant

 

Expected date for grant payments to be made

Sixth form Funding

End of May

PE Sports Grant

15/16 AY Term 3 - end of May
16/17 AY Term 1 & 2 - end of October

16/17 Year 7 catch up

End of February

 

Devolved Formula Capital

End of May

 

 

 

Summer Schools

End of October

 

Pupil Premium

Term 1 - by 31st August

Term 2 - by 31st October
Term 3 - by 28th February

 

Universal Infant Free School Meals

Adjustment relating to previous year          }

Summer Term Payment                                }  End of June

September to March Indicative Payment   }

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