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Have your say on proposed changes to school funding

16 October, 2013 - by John O'Dowd


The public consultation on the proposed changes to the way schools are funded closes this Friday and anyone interested is encouraged to respond.

In June, the Education Minister, John O'Dowd, proposed changes to the Common Funding Scheme which determines how funds are allocated to schools across the north.

These proposals were brought forward by an independent panel of experts tasked with examining the current scheme. The consultation opened on 26 June and closes at 5pm on Friday 18 October 2013.

The Minister, John O'Dowd, is encouraging those who have not yet responded to do so before the consultation ends.

He said:

“In June I announced proposed changes to the Common Funding Scheme which determines how funds are allocated to schools.

“I undertook to seek the views of schools and other interested individuals and organisations on these changes which aim to focus resources directly at tackling educational disadvantage.

“To date we have had over 2,500 responses to the consultation but there is still time for people to make their views known.

“As well as taking on board the views received, I am particularly keen to hear alternative proposals for how we target resources to help schools support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve to their full potential.”

Online consultation response forms can be downloaded on the Department of Education website at: http://www.deni.gov.uk/june-2013-common-funding-scheme-consultation.

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