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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.

An Independent Review of the Common Funding Scheme (PDF 744KB)

Independent panel to review schools funding scheme – Press Announcement

Terms of Reference – Independent Review (PDF 140KB)

Way forward

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.

Minister for Education's statement to the Assembly "Putting pupils first: reforming the Common Funding Scheme - 11 June 2013 (PDF 88.4KB)

Minister for Education's statement to the Assembly "Putting pupils first: reforming the Common Funding Scheme - 11 June 2013 - Irish version (PDF 89.5KB)

The Department of Education’s formal response to each of the 29 recommendations in the report is available below.

Response by the Department of Education to the recommendations contained in the report from the independent review of the Common Funding Scheme (PDF 144KB)

Response by the Department of Education to the recommendations contained in the report from the independent review of the Common Funding Scheme - Irish version (PDF 152KB)

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:-

June 2013 Common Funding Scheme Consultation