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£10,000 for best use of Pupil Premium

15 May 2012

Yesterday, Nick Clegg unveiled plans to introduce a £10,000 reward for the 50 schools that make the best use of the Pupil Premium and do the most to boost results of the poorest pupils.

Pupil Premium is an additional £600 funding per pupil eligible to receive free school meals, introduced with the intention of closing the gap between richer and poorer pupils. However, with funding cuts across the board, it may be difficult for schools to make the best use of these additional funds with some concerned that the extra money will simply plug funding gaps.

The government aims to encourage good practice in schools, although is introducing competition over funding the best way to achieve this? It is important all schools are fully and fairly resourced and that the most vulnerable children are provided for. The assessment process for the reward must take this into account as there is a risk that the most innovative school may not necessarily target the most vulnerable pupils.

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