Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law article: Socio-Economic Equality Duties and the Pupil Premium

Traditionally, equality law was seen as inappropriate to address socio economic inequality. But in the last decade, a growing number of equality duties have been introduced to address this persistent form of inequality. There is, however, little research on the principles that underpin these duties.

This is according to the March 2018 article (PDF) by Dr David Barrett, which seeks to address this gap through the use of data from interviews conducted with primary school personnel implementing the pupil premium.

The article looks at how pupil premium supports disadvantaged students to assess the effectiveness of equality duties in addressing the effects of inequality.

It identifies that the 6 following factors influenced the decision-making processes of spending the pupil premium:

  1. Understandings of socio-economic inequality
  2. Influences of other policies
  3. Conflicts between beliefs about morality and legality
  4. The role of schools within wider society
  5. Decision-making models in schools; and
  6.  Accountability mechanisms.

Read the full article (PDF).

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