How we helped
Castalia made the case for maintaining state funding of independent schools at existing levels. To do this, we developed a methodology that ensured like-for-like comparison of the total cost to government of educating a child in an independent school against the cost in a state school. This confirmed that the fiscal cost per child educated was lower in independent schools. We did a cost-benefit analysis which showed that by being able to respond to a wide range of cultural and religious needs, independent schools created net economic benefits of AU$1 billion per annum, compared to a situation in which there were only state schools. Our analysis showed that by reducing government contributions to independent schools, the government risked making attendance at those schools unaffordable for some families, which could put at risk the fiscal and economic benefits the schools were delivering.