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Have your say on proposed changes to school funding 

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Education

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 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 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.

Notes to editors:

1. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/education-works for more information.

Watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thedeptofeducation

2. View photos from the Department of Education in our collection at http://www.flickr.com/niexecutive

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