‘No surprise’ that some schools are using Pupil Premium to plug holes in budget

News that some schools are using the Pupil Premium to plug holes in their budgets comes as “no surprise”, teachers said this week.

A poll by the Sutton Trust of 1,163 teachers found that 23 per cent report their school is using the funding to raise the attainment of all pupils or to pay for activities affected by budget reductions.

Furthermore, 22 per cent said their school uses the funding to raise attainment for all students who are falling behind.

Only 53 per cent say the Pupil Premium was being used for its intended purpose – to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 and is targeted at children on free school meals, looked-after children and other disadvantaged students. It is now worth £935 per eligible pupil for secondary schools and £1,300 for primary schools.

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