Report (C113)

The pupil premium: assessing the options

Date: 02 March 2010
DOI: 10.1920/co.ifs.2010.0113

Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have proposed introducing a 'pupil premium' in England, with the aim of narrowing the educational achievement gap between rich and poor pupils by attaching greater school funding to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In "The pupil premium: assessing the options", IFS researchers assess the rationale for a pupil premium and offer an empirical analysis of how such a scheme might operate in practice and affect school finances. We are very grateful to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for financing this work.