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is Pupil Premium being wasted?

11 February 2013

Following Ofsted's Autumn report into the use of Pupil Premium, the watchdog has announced that many schools are failing to use the funding properly, in some cases the uses are not effective at meeting the intended aims of this reform.

The funding aims to narrow the attainment gap noted between pupils from rich and poor families. Following previous concerns about the use of the extra money received by schools for these pupils, schools have to track and detail the spending of any additional funding to show how it is being used to increase attainment amongst disadvantaged children.

Many schools are showing good practice and Pupil Premium is now seen to be having an impact on attainment. It must be used effectively to ensure that the programme has a future. When school budgets are being reduced, the extra money needs to be carefully used to ensure that the funding has a true impact on the aim to close the attainment gap and allow children to succeed no matter what their background.

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