Implementing the direct national funding formula

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Closes 9 Sep 2022


In 2021 we held our first-stage consultation on the direct national funding formula (NFF) for schools. Following the feedback to that consultation, the Government confirmed our commitment to introduce the direct NFF.

This current consultation focuses further on the detail of the implementation of the direct NFF. It does not restate our broad proposals for reform, which are outlined in the first consultation and the response.

This consultation asks for views on how the direct NFF will work in practice, which includes:

  • The interaction between the direct NFF and funding for high needs,
  • How funding for schools experiencing significant growth in pupil numbers, or falling rolls, could operate under a direct NFF
  • How the minimum funding guarantee - which protects schools against excessive year-on-year changes in their per-pupil funding – will continue to operate
  • How the funding cycle should operate in the direct NFF – that is, the regular timescales for gathering data to calculate funding allocations, and then confirming these allocations to schools
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Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal data, may be subject to publication or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 2018, or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. If you want all, or any part, of a response to be treated as confidential please explain why you consider it to be confidential. If a request for disclosure of the information you have provided is received, your explanation about why you consider it confidential will be taken into account, but no assurance can be given that confidentiality can be maintained. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department.

Privacy Notice
The personal data (name and address and any other identifying material) that you provide in response to this consultation is processed by the Department for Education as a data controller in accordance with the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, and your personal information will only be used for the purposes of this consultation. The Department for Education relies upon the lawful basis of article 6 (1) (e) of the UK GDPR which process this personal data as part of its public task, which allows us to process personal data when this is necessary for conducting consultations as part of our function.  Your information will not be shared with third parties unless the law allows or requires it. The personal information will be retained for a period of X (e.g. 12 months following the closure of the consultation period, after which it will be securely destroyed.  You can read more about what the Department for Education does when we ask for and hold your personal information in our personal information charter, which can be found here: Personal information charter - Department for Education - GOV.UK (