Fundació Bofill

The equality formula

Financing for a formula for Catalonia


School funding is the foundation of the school system. It determines how many and what resources (human, monetary, material, training...) reach schools and colleges so that they can offer educational opportunities to their students. Schools will use these resources according to their educational project, but without the resources – or with insufficient ones – there are no sustainable projects.

The current system distributes resources among schools primarily based on the number of students they have, and some corrections are added based on the complexity of these schools. However, this funding is marginal; it does not meet the real needs of complex schools. If we want all schools to be able to offer quality education and real educational opportunities to their students, it is necessary to increase funding for those schools and colleges with greater social and educational vulnerability.

The equality formula is a proposal for a new system of allocation that, as is done in most neighbouring countries, recognises that not all educational centres have the same needs and therefore tailors the resources to the complexity of each school or college.

In other words, a system that allocates more to the schools that need more. We therefore propose a much-needed reformulation of the funding system, which addresses a key challenge for the education system: improving the equality of the system based on the diversity of needs in schools.

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