||<p>In 2015-16, in addition to funding all local authorities at the same cash level
per pupil as in 2014-15, we will add a further £350 million funding for the least
fairly-funded authorities.To allocate this as fairly as possible, we selected the
characteristics we think contribute most to the attainment of pupils and viability
of schools, and set indicative minimum funding levels for each of these. The characteristics
we selected were as follows:</p><p>1. An age-weighted basic per pupil unit of funding;
and</p><p>2. Additional units of funding for:</p><p>2.1. deprived pupils;</p><p>2.2.
pupils with low attainment;</p><p>2.3. pupils with English as an additional language;</p><p>2.4.
children who are looked after, for example in foster care;</p><p>2.5. a lump sum for
all schools, regardless of size, to help with fixed costs; and</p><p>2.6. funding
for schools serving sparsely populated rural areas.</p><p>These are all characteristics
that local authorities already use in distributing schools funding. We looked at the
average value attached by local authorities to each of these characteristics and used
these as a basis for our proposed minimum funding levels for primary and secondary
pupils and schools. As Staffordshire already attracts funding above these levels,
it does not stand to gain from these proposals.</p><p>Full details of our methodology
can be found in the consultation document at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/fairer-schools-funding-2015-to-2016"