Becky Allen: Pupil Premium Blog

In the first and second of a three part series, Becky Allen, the Director of the Centre for Education Improvement Science at UCL, argues that Pupil Premium isn’t working for disadvantaged children.

Becky Allen argues that Pupil Premium is not well targeted to those who are educationally disadvantaged and that it assumes Pupil Premium children all have similar needs. It also criticises the focus on closing the gap with non-Pupil Premium children, which she says is based more on the demographics of non-Pupil Premium children than anything schools have done. For example, it would be significantly easier to close the gap if you drew all your intake from one estate than if you had a genuinely mixed intake.

Ms Allen thinks comparisons of disadvantage gaps, such as the recent EPI report makes, are not especially useful because:

  1. The tests and assessments that go into attainment measures change regularly and can affect the gap. E.g. changes that benefit higher attaining students would widen the gap.
  2. The group of students classified as pupil premium varies with the economic cycle/changes in benefit entitlements/changes in qualifying benefits.
  3. Free School Meal (FSM) eligibility falls continuously from age 4 onwards as parents return to the labour market, so comparisons of gaps between stages are not useful.

You can read the first part here, and the second part here.

Advertisements

One thought on “Becky Allen: Pupil Premium Blog

  1. Kate Chisholm

    I’d be interested to know how much research she has done beyond statistics. She can come to my school to see where without pupil premium sociologically the catchment would be left incredibly vulnerable. … and despite having 76% PP we have no gap between the PP and all other children so we must be doing something right with our ‘non-effective’ funding.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s