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Consultation on proposed changes to the Common Funding Scheme

Following the independent review of the Common Funding Scheme, which determines how funds are allocated to schools, the Minister for Education, John O’Dowd, set out his proposals for changes to the Scheme.

The consultation on the proposed changes ran from 26 June 2013 to 25 October 2013.

The Minister announced his final decisions on the review of the Common Funding Scheme on 13 March 2014. A summary of the decisions and information on school budgets for 2014-15 can be accessed via the links below.


Decisions on the Common Funding Scheme PDF 24 KB

Schools budgets for 2014-15


The consultation documentation can be accessed using the links below:


Consultation - Putting Pupils First: Reforming the Common Funding Scheme PDF 274 KB

Consultation - Putting Pupils First: Reform of CFS (Irish Version) - PDF 264 KB


Annex A - Consultation Response Form  - Word 158 KB

Annex A - Consultation Response Form (Irish Version) - Word 152 KB


Changes to how schools are funded Young People's Version PDF 11 MB

Changes to how schools get their money Children's Version PDF 14 MB


CFS 2013 consultation - Nursery/Primary Schools illustrative budgets PDF 69 KB

CFS 2013 consultation - Post Primary Schools illustrative budgets PDF 28 KB


The Department carried out a full Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the proposed changes to the Common Funding Scheme. The consultation on the draft EQIA ended on Friday 29 November 2013 and the final version of the EQIA will be published shortly.

EQIA documentation can be accessed using the links below.

Draft EQIA including Response Form - PDF 311 KB

Draft EQIA including Response Form (Irish Version) - PDF 273 KB


Draft EQIA Response Form - Word 15 KB

Draft EQIA Response Form (Irish Version) - Word 15 KB


Public Consultation on Common Funding Scheme: Have your say on how schools are funded

In addition to the arrangements which were in place to facilitate consultation with schools as part of the consultation process, the Minister was keen to hear the views of wider interested parties, including those in the community, voluntary and business sectors.

To facilitate this, the Department held 2 public information events on the proposed changes:

Omagh Library, Wednesday 9 October 2013 at 6.30pm.

Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Monday 14 October 2013 at 6.15pm.


Please contact the Common Funding Implementation Team if you require any further information regarding the consultation.

Common Funding Implementation Team
Department of Education
Rathgael House
43 Balloo Road
Rathgill
Bangor
BT19 7PR

Email: CommonFundingImplementationTeam@deni.gov.uk