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Campaign against pupil premium has started already

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FuzzyWizard Sun 10-May-15 08:35:11

Anyone else worried by the fact that HTs in grammar schools have already started campaigning against the Pupil Premium? Do you think with the Lib Dems gone that the government will be committed to keeping it? It's worth a lot of money to schools like mine, our local selective is in a more deprived area than we are but takes far fewer PP students, they are now changing their admissions so that a certain number of places will go to PP students. The bright kids living nearby will finally stand a chance of getting in, rather than places being dominated by kids from wealthier backgrounds who live miles away. They haven't done this out of the goodness of their hearts but because there is a financial incentive.

scaevola Sun 10-May-15 08:53:02

I doubt HTs have had a chance to get together to form any kind of campaigning voice, if by 'already' you mean 'since the election'

Can you link what they've actually done?

If it's not change from the many and much earlier statements, I don't think they have a persuasive case. That will rest in the performance of schools who are in receipt of higher levels of it. If they do not show they are making a positive difference, then the possibility of a 'throwing money at it doesn't help' approach might emerge. But I don't think we're close to that yet.

Grammars are quite popular with the Tory party (who prevented their total abolition under Labour) so I think you can expect to see your local one carry on.

BadgersArse Sun 10-May-15 09:01:11

Where have they started doing this

BadgersArse Sun 10-May-15 09:01:56

Plus admission to school isn't based on pp nesr here.

FuzzyWizard Sun 10-May-15 09:02:13

www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11592701/Grammar-schools-starved-of-funds.html

It's unclear from the article just how coordinated it is but it says "Grammar school heads called on the newly-elected Conservative Government to implement a policy that doesn’t punish those in better-off areas, where the likelihood of disadvantaged students needing funds is less."

I fully expect the grammar schools to stay under the conservatives and I think that these heads should perhaps consider doing what our local selective is doing if they want more funding- take more disadvantaged kids!

BadgersArse Sun 10-May-15 12:38:58

it does really seem to be affecting grammar schools but I can't quite see why they think that funding that is supposed to go almost directly to pupils via extra help or books or music lessons would affect their main school budget. However I don't think I know enough about school budgeting and ring fencing et cetera to be up to get a very good opinion!

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