Counting in the Community: a Case Study in Participatory Budgeting in a Scottish Secondary School

Created on: 13 Jan 2022 | Last modified: 13 Jan 2022


Counting in the Community: a Case Study in Participatory Budgeting in a Scottish Secondary School

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Author 
Graeme Keir

Originating Organisation or Projects
EIS Action Research Grants 2020-21

Abstract

This enquiry explores how participatory budgeting (PB) can be adapted to a school setting to increase community engagement and support effective decision making in relation to Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) funding. PB was found to be potentially transformative for community engagement and empowerment, and likely to aid transparency around decision making. A literature review, and interviews conducted as part of this enquiry, suggests a lack of transparency and accountability around PEF decision making and evaluation. While it is outside the scope of this study to compare the efficacy of decisions made by PB versus the decisions made by Headteachers, the report makes clear why this is an area worthy of further study. Drawing on this case study and the work of other practitioners, this report provides a guide to good practice when planning PB projects, including the use of online platforms and social media.

How can I use this resource?

This report and project provides a ‘proof of concept’ for the use of participatory budgeting as a method for distributing PEF money. It may additionally support practitioners to explore related challenges and solutions regarding PEF, community engagement, and other uses of participatory budgeting in schools.