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Ofsted warning over Pupil Premium

24 September 2012

The Pupil Premium is making little difference in raising the attainment of the poorest pupils, according to Ofsted.

The premium rose to £600 in 2012/13 for each pupil in care or on free school meals. However, only half of 117 schools surveyed said it had made a difference and a recent study shows that some 300,000 pupils eligible for claiming free school meals are not, for fear of being stigmatised.

Although schools are free to spend the extra funding as they see fit, from September 2012 onwards they will have to publish information about how they use it. Ofsted have urged schools to think carefully about how they use this money if the Pupil Premium is to have a future. In response, Russell Hobby of the NAHT stressed that schools are being put under increasing pressure to deliver results at the same time as their budgets are being cut.

Perhaps the important question is, is the Pupil Premium the best way to help disadvantaged pupils?

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