Telford and Wrekin schools face funding overhaul

Some schools in Telford could lose up to a tenth of their funding under new plans, a council has warned.

Telford and Wrekin Council agreed funding proposals on Thursday, to meet new government rules.

The local authority predicted that some schools could face a 10% drop in funding, while others may see a 17% budget rise.

Under the plans, money will be allocated for individual students instead of buildings and fixed costs.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said the changes were designed to make the system more transparent and support pupils' needs better as schools move towards a national funding structure.

The council said work would now start to produce detailed plans for each school ahead of the new financial year.

It said while cuts were limited to 1.5% per pupil, falling pupil numbers could have big implications for funding, particularly at some secondary schools.

Funding increases would be limited to 2.5% per pupil, the Labour-led authority said.

Primary schools are expected to be less severely affected.

Early years and sixth form funding are due to be protected under the plans.

Academies, free schools and others outside of local authority control will not be affected.

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