'Small but growing’ number of schools using Pupil Premium to offset cuts

Concern has been raised at the “small but growing” number of schools that are using their Pupil Premium funding to offset budget cuts elsewhere.

A poll of 1,607 teachers by the Education Endowment Foundation, curators of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, looked to find out how schools were prioritising the funding.

The most common priority for spending, identified by 28 per cent, was early intervention schemes, while 13 per cent said it was one-to-one tuition and 10 per cent said teaching assistants.

Other priorities included improving feedback (four per cent), additional teachers (eight per cent) and reducing class sizes (three per cent).

However, six per cent reported that the priority was to offset budget cuts elsewhere in the school. This figure is up from two per cent in the same survey in 2015.

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