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
    late.

    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
    news.

     

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