The first law of economics: Incentives matter!

The study suggested that state schools were being encouraged to over-identify pupils to attract more funding from local councils and boost their positions in league tables that give weighting to schools with high numbers of special needs children.

Just because things are in the state sector, just because everyone is a professional, motivated by absolutely nothing other than doing what is best for their darling little charges, doesn\’t mean that the rules of economics have suddenly vanished in a \”poof\” of smoke.

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