Institute for Fiscal Studies study airs schools funding fear
Plans to alter education funding could boost the budgets of some schools, while others see theirs reduced, the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests.
Currently, most school funding goes directly to local authorities who decide how to share it out.
But a government plan to base funding on one nationally set formula, could create "winners and losers", a study by the research body suggests.
The government said it wanted to make the system "more transparent".
The IFS report looks at different options for a national funding formula, a plan announced by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
It considers the option of setting a fixed amount of money for all pupils, possibly with different levels for primary and secondary schools, including extra cash for poor students.
Other factors, such as additional funding for schools in high-cost areas to recruit teachers, were also considered by researchers.
The study concludes that even if the formula is kept as simple as possible, to minimise disruption to schools, around 15% of schools would face cuts of 10% or more compared with the current system.
Read more ... (BBC News - 18 November)