Priority is to offer the best education
The First Person article "Funding formula favours large schools at expense of small ones" (Mail, March 14) deserves a response.
East Riding Council is committed to providing the best-possible education for every child and young person in the county.
Funding for East Riding schools is provided by Government and our funding is the third-lowest in the country.
Our schools do a fine job in very difficult circumstances.
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However, where there are compelling reasons to review the future viability of a school, the council will do so in order to ensure all children and young people get the best education possible on a woefully inadequate budget.
Our principle is to fund education, not bricks and mortar.
The Government introduced new funding rules. These new rules are based on the principle that funding follows the pupil.
72 per cent of the funding provided for East Riding primary schools is based on pupil numbers.
Every pupil is funded at the same basic level in every primary school. The remaining 28 per cent comprises a lump sum for every school of £130,000 and additional funds, dependent on the school's location and intake.
In the East Riding, there are 59 primary schools with fewer than 150 pupils. These schools receive, on average, a third more funds per pupil than the 59 largest primary schools.
The funding formula would appear to favour small schools at the expense of larger ones.
I would also like to correct inaccuracies in the writer's text.
The new funding rules were set by the Government. The Government accepted they would lead to turbulence in school budgets. Some schools would gain, others would lose.
The Government introduced a "safety net" to try to alleviate the issue. The council has nothing to "duck", as the writer suggests.
The Schools Forum made the decision to recommend the new Funding Formula to the Council. The Forum has 25 members, 19 of whom are headteachers or governors, while six represent other interested parties such as trades unions or the 14-19 Partnership.
I am unconvinced we have anything to teach Pontius Pilate.
Assistant Director (Children and Young People),
East Riding Council.