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Prestigious Government grant awarded to academics

An award of £15k from the Department for Education (DfE) has been granted for a study into the impact of funding on the attainment of children with additonal needs.

Posted: 3 August 2015

Olympia Palikara, a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology, and Marie-Pierre Moreau, a Reader in Sociology of Education and Principal Investigator for this project, received the grant to carry out the study this year.

The project is titled 'International evidence on impact of funding linked to additional needs on participation and attainment by 16-19 year olds'. In this context, ‘additional needs’ refers to:

  • Pupils with low level Special Educational Needs and disability,
  • Pupils with low prior attainment and who need extra support to succeed in education,
  • Pupils who are economically disadvantaged and need financial support to attend education.

In many areas across the country the number of children being identified with Special Educational Needs (SEN) is rising. Schools currently receive extra funding based on the number of SEN children they have. With investment in schools under pressure, one of the things this study will look at is what effect, internationally, funding has on these pupils' outcomes at school.

There has always been a debate over the role of money in improving children's attainment at school; this project involves reviewing the literature in this area, with a focus on countries other than England (including oversea countries, as well as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

If you would like to receive any further information, please contact maripierre.moreau@roehampton.ac.uk.

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