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Get an overview of what you need to know about the national funding formula (NFF), so you’re clear on how your school is funded.

The basic structure of the national funding formula (NFF) hasn't changed for 2022-23.

It's also based on the national funding formula 2022-23 policy paper and technical note, picking out the key points you need to know.

The NFF: summary

The NFF is the series of building blocks that the Department for Education (DfE) uses to work out your school’s core funding allocation. Each summer, the DfE publishes a ‘notional budget’ at school level, but the end amount your school receives might be different (as we explain below). 

The structure of the NFF is summarised in this diagram:

Image from 'National funding formula for schools and high needs: 2021 to 2022' (page 5). Please note: the figure above is from the 2021-22 policy paper because the equivalent figure in the 2022-2023 has an error (it's missing the 'growth' component), and the factors haven't changed for this year. We've contacted the DfE to let them

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