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COMMON FUNDING FORMULA EXTENSION ANNOUNCED

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Schools minister Robin Squire today confirmed that a Common Funding Formula for grant-maintained primary schools wi...
Schools minister Robin Squire today confirmed that a Common Funding Formula for grant-maintained primary schools will be piloted in April next year.

Mr Squire has also decided to extend the CFF for secondary schools to a further eight areas bringing the total to 31.

Announcing his decisions, Mr Squire said: 'I am delighted to announce that a CFF for primary schools is to be introduced next year. The CFF is now a well established funding system for over 400 GM secondary schools and it is only logical to extend it to the primary sector.

'In order to develop a CFF appropriate for the needs of the primary sector, we will run a pilot in Essex, Gloucestershire and Hillingdon from next April. I am sure many GM primary schools who would like more independence from LEA spending decisions will welcome this news.

'The CFF for secondary grant-maintained schools is doing well in the existing 23 LEAs and we have decided to continue to use the 30% trigger for entry into the CFF. In 1997-98 this will include eight new areas - Trafford, Bournemouth, Derby City, Luton, Milton Keynes, Poole, Rutland and Thamesdown.

'This expansion demonstrates our continuing commitment to the grant-maintained schools movement. We will also issue shortly a consultation paper seeking views on how specific aspects of the CFF should operate in 1997-98. I hope that grant-maintained schools will take this chance to play an active part in their future funding arrangements.'

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