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How to spend it: schools need evidence on equity

As the pupil premium in England shows, heads need a solid base of research if new funds to benefit disadvantaged students are to bear fruit, reports Emma Seith

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Schools are set to gain £120 million to help disadvantaged pupils – but teachers and heads are being told that they have a professional obligation to consult research evidence before spending the money.

The government’s pupil equity scheme – which gives schools around £1,200 in 2017-18 for every child claiming free meals – will make more than 2,300 schools up to £354,000 a year better off (see graphic, below).

However, according to one of the UK’s top experts on improving the attainment of disadvantaged children, money on its own rarely makes a difference.

That is the view of Sir Kevan ...

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