Funding Against a Postcode Lottery

Oxfordshire will make no sparsity payments to its qualifying rural schools. Devon and Norfolk restrict the grants to younger age groups. Somerset will pay the grant only to schools with 35 or fewer pupils but in its calculations bases the sum only on the number of pupils fewer than 35 that represents actual roll. Cumbria extends the qualifying distance to 3 miles from the DfE two. Restricting the distance may open future claims that schools within such "agreed" grant distances are no longer "rural." Scottish Councils already claim this in cases unrelated to grant- a new definition of "urban." BEWARE!

These are current indications arguing considerable variation in what schools are given. We repeat our 2012/13 advice to contact your MP and refer him/her to David Laws if you have concerns.