School Funding: A review of existing models in European and OECD countries

Kay Kinder, Caroline Gulliver, Richard White, Mary Atkinson, Emily Lamont

21 February 2005

This report interrogates the literature for alternative models of educational funding from other countries as well as examining the literature for their strengths and weaknesses. The report provides a review of existing models of school funding in European and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries and the advantages and disadvantages of each model.

The report covers:

  • financial source and flow
  • division of responsibilities
  • allocation of funding to schools

The report also includes nine country illustrations which provide examples of the models identified throughout the report.

This report is important reading for policy makers, local education authorities, headteachers, school governors and all those interested in school funding.

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