Cascade to: Education Finance Officers.

This consultation is on the rationale and principles for reforming school funding. As the Schools White Paper The Importance of Teaching said, the current "spend-plus" funding system is opaque, full of anomalies and unfair. Our aim is to create a new funding system which is fair, transparent and able to support a diverse range of school provision.

This is the first stage of a two-part consultation. Taking into account the views expressed in response to this consultation, we expect to publish further proposals for consultation later in the spring or in the summer.  Because we consider the current system for funding academies to be unsustainable, we are also publishing more detailed interim proposals for the funding of academies alongside this consultation.

You can respond to the consultation on the Department's website.

Action required and due date

Respond to the consultation by 25 May 2011.

Contact details

School funding consultation