Call to use FSM history to better target Pupil Premium

An influential report on education in the North urges reform of the Pupil Premium policy to link the level of funding to the length of time a child is on free school meals. Pete Henshaw takes a look

The Pupil Premium should be reformed to introduce different rates of funding based on the length of time a student has been on free school meals (FSM).

This is according to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), an influential group of business leaders chaired by former chancellor George Osborne.

A report from the NPP – Educating the North – has highlighted how Northern children, especially those who are disadvantaged, continue to fall behind their peers across the rest of the country in terms of attainment.

As well as suggesting a reform of the Pupil Premium, the report also calls for a £300 million increase in government funding for disadvantaged areas across the North of England – including a longer term commitment to the government’s “Opportunity Areas” initiative.

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