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updated on 23 November 2021
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School types: Maintained · School phases: Primary, Secondary

Understand how maintained and maintained special schools are funded in 2021-22. Be clear on other streams of funding, including the pupil premium, PE and sport premium and universal infant free school meals.

As a governor, you don't need to understand the intricacies of how schools are funded or how funding formulas work. 

However, the board is responsible for financial oversight of the school.

This overview will help you understand your school's financial position. 

The national funding formula (NFF)

Note: this section applies to mainstream schools only – if you're in a special school, your funding is allocated differently (see below).

LAs allocate your school's core budget using a local funding formula

Local funding formulas are decided in collaboration with your local schools forum (a

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