There are some arguments going around about addressing poverty in education and that the National Standards won’t work because the problem is deeper than that.  Whilst I accept that the problem is deeper than National Standards the implication that poverty is not being addressed is a convenient omission by those opposed to National Standards.

The inequities that poverty produces is being addressed via the decile system.   The decile system weights all schools from 1 to 10.  Decile 1 schools are schools in very poor areas and decile 10 are schools in very rich areas.  Census data is used to calculate the decile of a community.

In a school’s operational funding there are two funds provided to schools that are strongly decile weighted.  One is the Special Education Grant  (SEG) and the other is the Targeted Funding for Education Achievement (TFEA).

Let’s take the 2012 funding for both of these on a per pupil rate comparing Decile 1 with Decile 10 rates.

TFEA                      SEG

Decile 1                $871.49                 $71.14

Decile 10              $0                           $36.60

If you calculated these figures on a school of 100 pupils then you will quickly see that a huge amount of money is poured into Decile 1 schools compared to the Decile 10.  If schools are stopping programmes that assist learning claiming that the National Standards caused this then they are not being truthful.  The funding for both of the portions of the operations grants to school has gone up and not down.