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DFES SCHOOL FUNDING REVIEW Introduction The following statement describes funding arrangements in Somerset for deprivation and personalised learning. All elements of the Activity led funding formula used to distribute budgets to schools have been developed with the full support of the Schools Forum and specific technical assistance from a small group of school representatives. 1. SOCIAL DEPRIVATION FUNDING 1.1 School Action – Experian Wealth/Poverty index Total Allocation 2006/07 : £5,423,910 School Action funding is designed to support small group and individual pupil provision for SEN pupils in school, which is additional to and different from our ’Provision for All’ (as described in the Somerset SEN Framework). Previously, this funding was based on a combination of FSM data and Edinburgh Reading Test scores. There was a wide measure of dissatisfaction with this method of distribution from schools, and they have welcomed the new emphasis on the targeted deprivation measure as exemplified by the Experian Wealth/Poverty index. This is based on individual postcodes, and thus precisely matched to the pupils actually in attendance at the school. The key argument used to gain school support, has been the evidenced link between social deprivation and high incidence special educational needs. The allocation is based on the Experian index score for each school (an independent measure of social deprivation) which is derived from individual pupils’ postcode data. The school’s index score is multiplied by the number of pupils at the school. A weighting is applied (see table below) depending on the school’s ranking position (relative to other schools in the Authority) and then multiplied by the unit value. School 6th to 11th to 25th 26th to 50th 51st to 100th 101st + ranking 1st to 5th 10th Weighting 1.75 1.50 1.25 1.00 0.75 0.50 The values per weighted index score are as follows; Primary £0.093 Middle £0.122 Secondary £0.098 Example: A primary school with an index score of 500 and ranked 150th with 250 pupils, is calculated as follows; 500 index score * 250 pupils * 0.50 weighting = 62,500 Weighted index units 62,500 * £0.093= £5,813 1.2 School Action Plus Total Allocation 2006/07 : £8,729,716 School Action Plus is our delegated funding route for individual named pupils, and is designed to: ‘…support school improvement through the targeting of ‘top up’ additional funding to maintained mainstream schools for (pupils with) severe and complex needs. This funding supplements resources made available through Provision for All and School Action.’ Funding is distributed through an audit of evidenced need, and by application from schools against published criteria. Applications are considered by multi- professional teams at an Annual Audit. Tariffs from September 2006 will be based on an analysis of activities linked to quality provision against the DfES SEN categories, and will range from £1,777 to £13,828 from September 2006. 1.3 Remission of Fees: Total Allocation 2006/07 : £105,092 This factor is allocated using the Experian Wealth/Poverty index (see “School Action” above) and an allocation per weighted index unit is funded. This is intended to contribute towards the cost of any residential school visits for those who cannot afford them. Value per weighted index unit (primary): £0.0018 Value per weighted index unit (secondary): £0.0019 2. PERSONALISED LEARNING Total allocation 2006/07 : £1,648,154 Increases in Standards Funds grants for both the primary and secondary strategies support personalised learning: £563K for primary and £105K for KS3. These funds have been allocated on the basis of pupils’ prior attainment to provide booster classes, small group tuition and so on to raise attainment of those that have fallen behind. The new SSG Personalisation funding also targets funding to schools with low prior attainment and on the basis of deprivation. This is in addition to “school action” funding (detailed above) delegated to schools on the basis of deprivation measured through a wealth/poverty index. As all the above are targeted, it was therefore agreed, in consultation with school representatives, that the DSG funding for personalisation should be allocated to all schools to be used to co-ordinate personalised learning provision. This proposal had the full support of the Schools Forum. The government make it clear that schools must not be double-funded. Hence, if DSG is used to provide funds for co-ordination and standards fund for the delivery, there is a clear purpose for each. This allocation was made on the basis of a per pupil amount to all mainstream schools and to special schools on a lump sum basis. Mainstream schools In line with the Somerset Activity Led funding model, the allocation was based on the cost of a higher level teaching assistant working 2.5 hours per week for each class of 30 from September 2006 and equated to £23.20 per pupil throughout all mainstream schools, £1,574,770 in total. This allocation therefore increases for 2007/08 for the full year effect. Special schools For special schools, a lump sum of £9,173 was allocated to each for the September to March period (£73,384 in total). This will also increase for the full year effect in 2007/08. The allocation for special schools was linked to outreach work, topping up each previous allocation to the value of a full-time teacher’s cost, effectively supporting mainstream schools in addressing the personalised learning needs of children and young people with special educational needs.
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