The BBC is reporting that a small but rising number of schools in England are diverting money meant for disadvantaged pupils to offset budget cuts, says an education charity.
Of 1,600 teachers polled for Sutton Trust in March, 6% said pupil premium money was used to offset budget cuts, compared with 2% the previous year.
The charity’s chairman, Sir Peter Lampl, described the trend as worrying.
But the government said the poll showed the vast majority of schools were using the cash to support the poorest pupils.
The pupil premium grant was introduced by the coalition government in 2011 to boost the education of disadvantaged children.
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For help in effective use of the pupil premium money, see An Updated Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium by Marc Rowland, published by John Catt Educational.
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