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Should bright students from poor homes be denied the pupil premium?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Extra cash could be given to disadvantaged children who start school with low levels of attainment as part of a plan being considered by ministers.

    However, critics fear that the proposal to change the way pupil premium is spent in schools could be at the expense of brighter children from low income families.

    People against the plan believe that schools should be allowed to dictate how to spend the extra funding.

    Supporters of the shake-up in this type of funding feel that the change is necessary to ensure that schools help disadvantaged children who need extra help to catch up with their peers.


    Do you agree, should we target the pupil premium funding to less able children from poorer backgrounds?

    Does the pupil premium need to be improved or reviewed? Is the extra funding really helping to improve pupils’ outcomes?
  2. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    So they will be able to appoint another DP/AP to decide how the pupil premium should be spent.
    Paid for ...? Oh yes out of the pupil premium
    Vince_Ulam likes this.
  3. TES_Community

    TES_Community Administrator

    Thank you @lizziescat. Any more views on this subject?
  4. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    I think people have given up bothering to discuss the indefensible. It'll be in someone's PM or financial interests to do it, so it'll be done.
    sabrinakat likes this.
  5. drek

    drek Star commenter

    The money adds to the school's director's funds. In practice the teachers get an inset bite training from a dubious consultant or school leader. The training involves showing us 'examples' of how to provide performance managers evidence of the new strategy. 'from tomorrow' extra planning time at 'home'. More detailed 'feedback' extra revision classes. Things that cut a teacher's pay by adding more unreasonable demands per hour.
    Just like America's Bush family where politicians' friends and families make a killing from every initiative supposed to improve things 'for the children'
    Ask the consultancy firms, exam board directors, and school board trusts that keep springing up here

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