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
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 ...