Cost

The cost estimates in the Toolkits are based on the approximate costs of adopting an approach with a class of 25 pupils. 

Cost estimates can include: 

  • the cost of new resources, such as IT hardware or software;
  • the cost of training courses or professional development to support a new approach, and teacher cover to enable this to happen;
  • the cost of activities for pupils such as outdoor education programmes or music tuition.

Cost estimates do not cover resources which are needed for the approach but which schools are expected to already have, such as interactive whiteboards, or teachers (unless an additional teacher is necessary to deliver the approach). This is because we think additional expenditure is the most useful figure to present to schools leaders who are deciding how to allocate budgets.

Presenting the cost for each Toolkit strand allows schools to consider the cost-effectiveness of different approaches, as well as their impact. For example, One to one tuition and Peer tutoring both deliver 5 months of additional progress on average. However, One to one tuition is considerably more expensive on average. 

The cost ratings are based on a 5-point scale as shown below:

Cost estimateDescription
£Very low: up to £2,000 per year per class of 25 pupils, or less than £80 per pupil per year.
££Low: £2,001 to £5,000 per year per class of 25 pupils, or up to £200 per pupil per year
£££Moderate: £5,001 to £18,000 per year per class of 25 pupils, or up to £720 per pupil per year.
££££High: £18,001 to £30,000 per year per class of 25 pupils, or up to £1,200 per pupil.
£££££Very high: over £30,000 per year per class of 25 pupils, or over £1,200 per pupil.

For more detail on how the cost estimates are developed see the Toolkit Manual.