submitted by Lesley Adams Head of Integrated Services for Children and
Families, Birmingham City Council
can only confirm what our proposed arrangements for the deprivation supplement
are. Our local consultation on this and the rest of the single formula finished
last Friday. We will collate the results of that and report them to our Schools
Forum in February but I am not sure that we will make any decisions at that
point now that we have a delay to the overall implementation.
proposal is to target all pupils identified by IMD from either the top 5% most
disadvantaged areas (nationally) or the top 10% or a weighted mixture of the 2,
and allocate extra funding.
we target just the top 5% that will be about 6,557 children and they would
attract another 61p per hour on top of the unit rate. If we target the top 10%
(9,233) that would be 44p per hour on top. I cannot say what the result would
be if we use a weighted mixture but it would obviously lie somewhere between these
currently use a mixture of these 2 in our main school funding formula.
70% of our under 5s live in the 30% top most disadvantaged areas nationally and
we have about 14,000 children in each year group. So our proposal will only
target the absolutely most disadvantaged. Context might be important. Other
authorities may well be targeting a much wider group than we are suggesting and
offering a smaller sum.
hope that answers the question sufficiently well.