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Education Outcomes - A New Study


Jul 5, 2007
There is a fascinating new report investigating education outcomes as a function of a number of variables. You can find the full report here.

I haven't read the full thing but I have looked at the section on per pupil funding. The report finds that there is no correlation between pupil funding and pupil outcome. The report says:

the level of funding, per se, is almost irrelevant as a predictor of performance.
As well as:

As funding and performance do not appear to be correlated in 2010-11, in our view, this suggests that the funding may not be improving performance as intended.
The final conclusion is this:

extra funding alone does not correlate with better (or worse) performance. There is no guarantee that providing more resources to schools will improve performance. For a given level of per pupil funding, there is no way of predicting accurately what performance will be;
I know that the contributors to this forum are great supporters of evidenced based policy rather than "ideology". I presume therefore all will now be opposed to the pupil premium and any increases in education spending?