The Society of St Vincent de Paul is inviting tenders from qualified researchers or consultants for a project which assesses the structure and adequacy of school funding in Ireland.
Education costs are one of the main reasons people request help from SVP and we see access to education as the key enabler out of poverty. Last year SVP spent over €4.5 million supporting children, young people and second chance learners to access education. It is the experience of our members that requests from schools for voluntary contributions causes significant stress and financial worry for families.
A core aim of the policy work of SVP is to advocate for short and long-term measures to ensure that current and future cohorts of students can participate in school on an equal footing regardless of their parent’s economic status.
In this context, SVP wishes to find out more about the structure and adequacy of school funding in Ireland and the factors that drive school fundraising and requests for voluntary contributions. To date, there has been no assessment of the adequacy of the capitation grant and there are no clear guidelines on how rates are currently determined and set.
The purpose of this research is to assess the adequacy of the capitation grant to schools, identify the ways in which schools are funded and set out how schools utilise state funding.
The total budget available for this project is of €25,000 (inclusive of VAT) and it is expected it would be completed by the end of Q4 2020.
Any queries should be directed to Marcella Stakem, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 8848225
The deadline for receipt of completed proposals is the 1ST of March 2020 and can be sent to the email address above.