Independent review of the Common Funding scheme
Launch of the review
In June 2012, Education Minister, John O’Dowd MLA, appointed an independent panel, chaired by Sir Robert Salisbury, to review the Common Funding Scheme which determines how funds are allocated to schools.
The panel was asked to examine if the Scheme was fit for purpose, sufficiently targeted social need and was consistent with, and supported, the Department of Education’s policy objectives.
The review panel submitted its findings and recommendations to the Minister for Education in January 2013. The report can be accessed using the link below.
The Minister has taken time to consider the recommendations in the report and set out his position on the proposed way forward for the Common Funding Scheme in a statement to the Assembly on 11 June 2013. The full text of the Minister’s statement can be accessed using the link below.
The Department of Education’s formal response to each of the 29 recommendations in the report is available below.
A consultation on the proposed changes to the Common Funding Scheme ended on 25th October 2013. For more information on the consultation and associated documentation, please use the link below:-