The Early Years Pupil Premium: practitioners’ perspectives on if the funding supports ‘closing the gap’ for looked after children?
Abstract© 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The paper investigates practitioners’ perspectives on the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) and its use for looked after children (LAC) in England. The paper considers what practitioners in one Local Authority (LA) think now that the funding has passed its infancy. Specifically, does EYPP funding help ‘close the gap’ for LAC? Q-methodology was used to investigate 19 practitioners’ perspectives; all were owners or managers in 19 different settings. This approach was complemented with a questionnaire survey and focus groups held with 14 practitioners in 13 different settings in the same LA. The findings revealed that practitioners consistently focused on whether all LAC should be eligible for this funding and/or whether the funding is able to ‘close the gap’ between them and their peers. It concludes that EYPP funding can support ‘closing the gap’ for LAC with developmental delay, but its purpose needs to be clarified.
CitationWilliams-Brown, Z. (2020) The Early Years Pupil Premium: practitioners’ perspectives on if the funding supports ‘closing the gap’ for looked after children? Early Child Development and Care. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2020.1722117
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Early Child Development and Care on 18/02/2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2020.1722117 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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