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Teachers unsure of how to spent pupil premium

More than a quarter of teachers do not know how to spend the Government’s flagship pupil premium payments, a charity has found.

Teacher's need help with allocating their budgets

A survey of primary and secondary school teachers showed 28% did not know what the top priority was for the extra funding awarded for each disadvantaged pupil.

The results supported claims the initiative was not doing enough to close the gap between the most privileged children and the most deprived. A report by the Sutton Trust said the payments, which are attached to children receiving free school meals, was having a limited impact on the poorest pupils.

Almost 1,700 teachers were asked about their plans for the premium. One in 10 said the money would be used to increase one-to-one tuition while 13% said it should fund extra teaching assistants or teachers. 8% said their priority was to use the money to offset budget cuts elsewhere. Reducing class sizes was the most pressing use for the money according to 15%.

Earlier this year, research by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) found just a quarter of schools said the pupil premium would make any difference to children’s education.

The scheme, championed by Nick Clegg, will be worth £1.25 billion next year but more than half of head teachers said it had not made up for budget shortfalls.

The Sutton Trust said teachers needed more help in allocating the extra funds.


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