Emma Seith

Evidence-based approach to pupil equity ‘lacks evidence’

Schools with disadvantaged pupils set for a windfall, but academics criticise guidance on how to spend it

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Academics have hit out at the “disappointing” quality of government guidance on how schools should spend the £120 million they are being given to support disadvantaged pupils.

The warning comes as schools are set to receive an additional £1,200 for every pupil claiming for a free school meal, under the Pupil Equity Fund being introduced in April.

Last month, a website was launched in order to guide headteachers’ spending decisions and education secretary John Swinney said it was “imperative” that Scotland took an “evidence-based approach to driving improvement”. Teachers and school leaders ...

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