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The Wolverhampton Scheme for Financing Schools

The financial relationship between the local authority and the schools it maintains.

The framework

The funding framework for schools is based on the legislative provisions of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

In accordance with these requirements, every local authority has to have a Scheme for Financing Schools.

About the report

This document defines the financial relationship between the local authority and the schools it maintains.

The Department for Education (DfE) provides local authorities with a model scheme which they must adopt. However, local authorities can amend or add to the scheme to reflect any local policies or changes.

Sometimes a local authority has to make revisions to its scheme as directed by the DfE.

The process

All maintained schools must be consulted on any proposed amendments or additions to the Scheme and these changes have to be approved by the Schools' Forum before they can be implemented except where revisions are directed by the Secretary of State in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 2011.

Schools' Forum at its meeting held on 17 July 2014, approved publication of Wolverhampton's revised Scheme for Financing Schools. The revised Scheme is effective from 1 September 2014, and supersedes all previous versions.

Section 251

Section 251 is part of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 that requires local authorities (LAs) to submit statements about their planned and actual expenditure on education and children's social care. pdf icon S251 Budget 2015-16 [277kb]

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