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The impact of school facility expenditures on pupil attainment

Asma Benhenda ()
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Asma Benhenda: UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities, University College London

No 10, CEPEO Briefing Note Series from UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities

Abstract: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on June 29, 2020 a 10-year investment program for upgrades and refurbishments in English schools. This rebuilding programme is set to start in 2020-21 with the first 50 projects supported by £1 billion in funding. It aims at improving pupils' outcomes and reducing inequalities, as part of the government `levelling up' agenda. The Prime Minister said "as we bounce back from the pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations front and centre of this mission". What impact can we expect on pupils' outcomes? This briefing note summarises the empirical evidence on the relationship between pupils’ outcomes and capital investment in schools. To what extent do better school facilities translate into better pupil outcomes? First, it examines the recent international evidence, mostly focused on the United States, which finds, overall, positive effects. Second, it highlights the lack of evidence on school rebuilding and refurbishing programmes in England.

Keywords: pupil attainment; school funding (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 6 pages
Date: 2020-11, Revised 2020-11
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