Fair funding to achieve excellence and equity in education

Date: 8th August 2017
Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

The Scottish Government is seeking views on the current funding of education in Scotland and the possible future approaches it could take to ensure a more consistent method of funding.

The consultation sets out why the Scottish Government is looking to review the method of school funding and considers the challenges of the current system.

It invites views on: the way school education is currently funded in Scotland, including early years provision within school settings; the purpose of developing a new, more consistent approach to school funding; and the principles that should underpin any changes. It also sets out and seeks views on possible future funding approaches to support our vision of excellence and equity for all children and young people across Scottish education.

The consultation has been published alongside 'Education Governance: Next Steps, Empowering our teachers, parents and communities to deliver excellence and equity in education for our children' which was launched by Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney in a statement to Scottish Parliament. The paper sets out proposed changes to education which Scottish Government hope will result in raising attainment and closing the equity gap. The way schools are funded needs to support that vision and this consultation aims to gather views and ideas about the approach to school funding going forward.