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Value for money in schools

Davidson, Alan, Miskelly, John and Kelly, Anthony (2008) Value for money in schools , Belfast & London, UK FGS McClure Watters 62pp.

Record type: Monograph (Project Report)


In January 2008, the Audit Commission appointed FGS, in association with the University of Southampton, to carry out a review in relation to Value for Money (VfM) in schools. Examining VfM in schools requires a detailed consideration of both the inputs and the outputs relating to the education system; in other words, the costs and benefits associated with schools. In this context, inputs are relatively straightforward to express: staffing typically represents around 70% of school costs, with the remainder comprising of operating and maintenance expenditure. However, defining the outputs from schools (pupil outcomes) is an altogether more complex task. The most tangible measure of pupil outcomes is the results they achieve in examinations. Even so, both in the UK and overseas, it is widely recognised that pupils’ levels of achievement are influenced by a range of factors other than the quality of schooling they receive (for example, their family background or their track record of achievement at earlier stages of their education). Put simply, pupils’ current levels of attainment are likely to be enhanced if they have a high level of prior educational attainment, and therefore schools may make a less significant contribution to student outcomes. In assessing the value for money which schools deliver through their day-to-day activities, it is therefore necessary to take account of the progress pupils make in their time at school (or ‘value added’ by the school), rather than just their levels of attainment, which are influenced by a host of factors other than schooling.

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Submitted date: March 2008
Keywords: value for money in schools, audit commission


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ORCID for Anthony Kelly: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 30 May 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:47

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Author: Alan Davidson
Author: John Miskelly
Author: Anthony Kelly ORCID iD

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