The pupil premium could be very unfair without a decent admissions policy

Francis Gilbert's picture
There's a real worry that giving extra money for poor pupils could lead to even more fragmentation if the admissions' policies for schools remain unfair. Selective schools could aim to grab the clever poor pupils, leaving non-selective schools with the less able pupils. Without a balanced intake, these schools will suffer even more than they do at the moment. The pupil premium will only work if schools' admissions codes are fair, otherwise clever pupils will be sucked out of their communities, creating even more sink schools than there are at the moment.
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