Pupil premium polling 2016: small but increasing numbers of schools are using their pupil premium funding to offset budget cuts

Document type
Article
Corporate author(s)
Sutton Trust
Publisher
Sutton Trust
Date of publication
17 June 2016
Subject(s)
Education and Skills, Children and Young People
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The Sutton Trust has surveyed 1,607 teachers on their use of the Pupil Premium.

Key findings include:

  • Their is a degree of unclarity and uncertainty amongst teachers what the main spending priorities for the pupil premium is.
  • Increasingly, schools are using their funding for disadvantaged pupils to offset budget cuts elsewhere.
  • Early intervention schemes are the top priority for spending.
  • The use of The Sutton Trust EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, as a measure to establish which approaches and programmes to use to improve pupil learning, has increased.

Recommendations include:

  • The extension of pupil premium awards, son that schools can continue to improve their results.
  • The continued support for the pupil premium, backed by high degrees of accountability.
  • The commitment to the promotion of strong evidence, especially in random trial tests.