E Tipu e Rea concurs with the conclusion of Briar Lipson’s article that Partnership Schools receive less funding than comparable State Schools.
The over arching funding principle for the funding of Partnership Schools is that they are funded in a way that provides broadly equivalent funding with comparable State Schools.
The grants made to Partnership schools are ‘cashed up equivalents’ of the property and operational grants allocated to comparable decile 3 State Schools based on 2011 benchmarks, but with CPI and Labour cost index adjustments being applied annually. It is noteworthy that Partnership Schools are excluded from a number of Ministry of Education initiatives such as the ‘Investing in Educational Success’ initiative.
The first Partnership Schools (Round 1&2 schools that opened in 2014 & 2015) received a greater proportion of their funding as ‘establishment funding’ and the funding model included a ‘base grant’, with the per pupil calculations being based on maximum roll, whereas for the later Round 3 Partnership Schools the proportion of funding received as ‘establishment’ grant was reduced, the base grant was removed and per pupil operational and property grants (based on opening roll) adjusted accordingly.