||<p>We are keen for funding allocated through the schools’ block to be passed on to
schools, which is why as part of the introduction of the national funding formula
(NFF), we made the decision to ring-fence this funding from 2018-19 onwards. However,
in recognition of the importance of local flexibility, we have allowed local authorities
to transfer of up to 0.5% out of the schools funding block of the dedicated schools
grant to the high needs funding block, with the agreement of their schools forum.
We produced an equalities impact assessment alongside the NFF, which considered potential
impacts on children with protected characteristics, which can be accessed at: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/648520/NFF_Equalities_Impact-Assessment.pdf"
local authorities can apply for transfers outside these rules. Within the schools
revenue funding operational guide (paragraph 138): <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pre-16-schools-funding-guidance-for-2019-to-2020"
we set out what evidence we expect a local authority to present to their schools forum
to support any proposals to transfer funding from the schools block.</p><p>In submitting
an exceptional case to transfer funding from the schools block, local authorities
have to carry out an assessment of the equalities implications of their proposal.
These equalities assessments, the published equalities impact assessment (link above)
and the quality of the evidence provided by local authorities are all taken into account
in the evaluation of exceptional cases put forward by local authorities.</p><p> </p>