Background information for the Education Funding System Review

On this page you’ll find documents that provide the background to the Education Funding Systems Review for 0-18 years, and show the history of the policy development process for the proposed directions for change being tested from June to early September 2016.

Cabinet Paper - October 2016

A paper that went to Cabinet in October 2016 reported back on the outcome of the engagement with the sector and made recommendations for next steps:

Cabinet paper

Read the Cabinet paper that records decisions made and sets out the proposed directions for change to be tested for the Review of Education Funding Systems.

It’s important to remember that we are still in the early stages of the Review and no decisions have been made.

Independent research reports

In 2015, these reports were commissioned to support early scoping work to understand the current funding systems, and to initially identify possible areas for improvement. Some of the ideas raised in these reports, such as ‘bulk funding’ the Government has decided not to progress further. 

Again, no conclusions can be drawn from these documents as to the future of education funding systems.

Ministry documents produced as part of the Review of Education Funding Systems

Between January 2015 and March 2016 these documents were prepared as part of the evolution of policy options and advice, including directions of travel and timelines, ahead of the decision to set up the Advisory Group to test the proposed directions for change.

These documents consider a range of possible options. The scope and scale of these possible options changed over time, this is to be expected as part of any policy development process. This means these documents do encompass some of the proposed directions for change being tested from June to early September 2016. No conclusions can be drawn from these documents as to the future of education funding systems.

The background policy documents and advice developed for the Review of Funding Systems are:

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