School Funding Formula for Rhondda Cynon Taf
"A local authority much have regard to the desirability of such a formula being simple, objective, measurable, predictable in effect and clearly expressed" (The School Funding (Wales) Regulations 2010, Section 10 paragraph 2)
Did the authority provide a written explanation of the Rhondda Cynon Taf funding formula? No. Rhondda Cynon Taf's response referred us to the data on the Welsh Government website. However, the data on this site is incomplete. It is not possible to determine how a school's funding is calculated or what factors are used.
Is the formula measurable? Is it predictable? No formula was provided.
"The regulations require that 70 per cent of the funding must be distributed on the basis of pupil numbers. (School Funding in Wales Research Briefing August 2018)
Is 70% of school funding based on pupil numbers? Without information showing how school funding is calculated, it is impossible to tell. Similarly we cannot tell if Rhondda Cynon Taf is ensuring "the same funding for pupils of the same age irrespective of the nature of the school which they attend" (The School Funding (Wales) Regulations 2010, Section 23 paragraph 1b).
References: Data Sources for Rhondda Cynon Taf