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A third of headteachers using Pupil Premium to plug gaps in school budgets

April 15, 2017 12:37 PM

A third of headteachers using Pupil Premium to plug gaps in school budgets

Almost a third (30%) of headteachers say the Pupil Premium is being used to plug gaps in their school's budget, according to polling published by the Sutton Trust.

Almost two-thirds (65%) of secondary school heads polled said that their school had cut back on teaching staff to save money. It comes after a report by the National Audit Office found schools in England are facing cuts of £3bn by 2020.

The Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats in coalition government, has succeeded in halving the gap between poorer and richer pupils in those secondary schools who used it to the best effect.

mp john pughLiberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary John Pugh commented:

"Conservative cuts to education spending are damaging the life chances of children across the country.

"The pupil premium has played a crucial role in closing the gap between poorer pupils and their peers. Now this progress is being undone as schools struggle with a shortage of teachers and a growing black hole in their budgets.

"While the Government wastes billions on pet projects like free schools and grammars, disadvantaged children are being left on the scrapheap.

"It makes a mockery of Theresa May's claim to be building a country that works for everyone."