Accounting for needs? Formula funding in the UK school sector. / Agyemang, Gloria.

Egham, TW20 0EX : The School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, 2008. (School of Management Working Papers).

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Accounting for needs? Formula funding in the UK school sector. / Agyemang, Gloria.

Egham, TW20 0EX : The School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, 2008. (School of Management Working Papers).

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Agyemang, G 2008 'Accounting for needs? Formula funding in the UK school sector' School of Management Working Papers, The School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, TW20 0EX. https://doi.org/SoM0809

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Agyemang, G. (2008). Accounting for needs? Formula funding in the UK school sector. (School of Management Working Papers). The School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London. https://doi.org/SoM0809

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Agyemang G. Accounting for needs? Formula funding in the UK school sector. Egham, TW20 0EX: The School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London. 2008 Dec 15. (School of Management Working Papers). https://doi.org/SoM0809

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Agyemang, Gloria. / Accounting for needs? Formula funding in the UK school sector. Egham, TW20 0EX : The School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, 2008. (School of Management Working Papers).

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