Council welcomes further school funding from Central Government

School desk scene Published Tuesday, 21st December 2021

The County Council has welcomed the increase in funding for Worcestershire’s schools from Central Government.

Over the last three years, funding policy has seen over £300 million allocated from Central Government to support the county’s schools.

The Council has seen an significant increase in the Schools Block Dedicated Schools Grant, which has risen from £314.6m in 2018-19 to £380.1m for 2022-23.

The funding will support our mainstream and special schools in Worcestershire for 2022-23.

At their December meeting, The Council’s Cabinet considered a detailed report on the proposed National and Local Funding Arrangements for Schools for 2022-23. 

Cabinet agreed this arrangement will continue into the next year, and now the funding has now been confirmed.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills said: “Ensuring our schools have everything in place to help Worcestershire’s students reach their full potential, will always be at the heart of every decision and one of our top priorities.

‘The government announced the Dedicated Schools Grant Allocations on 16 December and this was slightly above our expectations which is really good news. We’re really pleased to have worked with the Worcestershire Schools Forum to ensure each pupil across the county receives adequate per pupil funding.”

The local formula will continue in Worcestershire, as required, to include the DfEs statutory Minimum Funding Levels, which are increasing in 2022-23 from £4,265 to £4,180 for primary and to £5,525 from £5,415 for secondary.

The County Council has since 2018-19, following consultation with the Worcestershire Schools Forum and schools, implemented the Department for Education’s (DfEs) National Funding Formula (NFF) arrangement for mainstream schools as its local funding model in Worcestershire.