Decision details

Response to Government Consultation: Reforming how local authority school improvement functions are funded (Department for Education)

Decision Maker: Executive Director Children, Families Lifelong Learning and Culture

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The Education and Lifelong Learning Service is responding to a consultation on the way in which local authorities are funded for their statutory school improvement responsibilities for maintained schools. The main change proposed is that the DfE will cease to pay School Improvement Monitoring and Brokering grant to local authorities for these responsibilities. Instead local authorities would be allowed to deduct the cost of these functions from the budgets of maintained schools, subject to the agreement of Schools Forum or of the Secretary of State. This means that the cost would either be borne by maintained schools or (if approval cannot be obtained for this) by the local authority, rather than by the DfE.


Decision made:


It was AGREED to submit the proposed attached response to the consultation outlined above.


Reasons for Decision:

The responses to the consultation will be submitted to Government so that it can be considered in relation to any future decision on the proposal.



Publication date: 29/11/2021

Date of decision: 25/11/2021

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