The Big Question

Should schools be offered financial incentives to take
in vulnerable pupils?

Jean stogdon
Grand-parents Plus

If they spent the money directly on the vulnerable children, it
would be money well spent, but I’m not sure it wouldn’t be siphoned
off for other purposes. Teachers say they want to teach, not be
social workers, but they are enormously well placed to recognise
children’s needs and get them the help they need.

Angie lawrence
Single mother

On balance it would be a good thing – if the money was spent in the
right way. We need more specially trained staff. There are not
sufficient facilities for vulnerable children and if they are not
helped early on there are problems later. There should be more of a
focus on primary schools – there’s a tendency to leave things too

Robert Johnstone
Disability law expert and service user

Kids with disabilities have been refused places because of the
perception they would lower the exam pass level and school
reputation.Also there is still much prejudice which must be
challenged and overcome. Financial incentives might restore a more
level playing field.

Kierra Box
Campaigner for young people

I’m in favour. These incentives cannot simply be bribes but must
be employed to increase provision overall, to allow for the
integration and education of “vulnerable pupils”. I hope that this
money will be seen as a valuable resource especially for SEN and
traveller students. Any increase in educational funding is good


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