Lucy Robinson

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Education (2020 cohort)

My doctoral research is focused on looking at how the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) can better support the educational needs and experience of service children (those with military backgrounds) in English state schools. Introduced in 2011 and funded by the DfE, the SPP is a form of government funding available to service children (currently £310 per child, per annum) in the school years of Reception to Year 11. Unlike the Pupil Premium, the funding is not designed to improve the attainment of service children but rather mitigate against the perceived negative impacts of service life. Therefore, a large proportion of my research will be dedicated to furthering the current understanding of how two key aspects of service life -family mobility and parental deployment- impact service children’s experience of education.

Before embarking on my DPhil at Oxford, I completed my PGCE and MEd in Primary Education at the University of Cambridge. As a service child myself, I have lived experience and with that, a deep compassion for children who experience disadvantage in education because of their backgrounds.

I am very grateful to the ESRC for acknowledging the value of my research and supporting me to work towards improving the educational experiences of service children.