Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

Staff attitudes

We found that around 10% of teaching staff believe that the pupil premium is unfair or only slightly fair. We also found that staff at schools with small progress gaps were more likely to have positive attitudes towards the pupil premium. The resources collected here describe what a positive staff culture regarding the pupil premium looks and feels like and how to investigate attitudes in your school. To do this we focus on Falinge Park High School in Rochdale, where pupil premium students frequently progress as well as their peers.

We also explore how schools can change staff attitudes to pupil premium and identify three common types of reservations held by teachers and support staff. Such attitudes can be obstacles to the success of a school’s pupil premium policy. We recommend that schools explore the existence of these attitudes in their staff and have developed a questionnaire to do this. We share baseline results collected from 4,500 secondary school teachers across England who have already completed the survey so that you can compare your school’s results to a national average.

You can download the questionnaire to use in your own school or contact us to receive a link to share online with colleagues: