Spend more and improve results;Letter

25th June 1999 at 01:00
You report (TES, June 11) on a recent demonstration that increased spending in schools leads to better examination results when the social status of the pupils is accounted for. Please allow me to draw attention to my own finding, in February 1986, of precisely this result (University of Liverpool, Report FM11186). It was based on government data given in The TES (December 14, 1984).

I studied the percentage, in each of 36 "northern" local authorities, of pupils gaining one or more A-level passes, as this varied with the percentage of the population in the high socio-economic groups and as a function of the annual teaching expenditure per pupil. This clearly showed the large effect of funding in the socially poorer authorities. My correlation was good enough to show that 61 per cent of these authorities had results that lay within 10 per cent of the correlated norm; 86 per cent lay within 20 per cent.

Dr J C Gibbings 7 Andrews Walk Heswall The Wirral

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now