Some schools are using the Pupil Premium to plug holes in their general funding. John Dabell warns against this approach and offers 25 low-cost ways to spend the Pupil Premium and make maximum impact

Feeling the pinch, hard up and squeezed within an inch of their lives, schools have been pushed to the absolute limits of their finances. Roughly, £2.8 billion has been cut from school budgets in real terms since 2015, with the average cut to secondary schools standing at a whopping £185,200.

The Breaking Point report from the National Association of Head Teachers (January 2017) found that 80 per cent of school leaders said they had no idea how to balance their budgets and economists at the Institute for Fiscal Studies have warned that around 1,000 schools could face a seven per cent budget cut after 2019/20.

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