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Cash for poor pupils warning

Schools in England must do more to ensure the £600 cash they receive to help disadvantaged pupils actually makes a difference to them, Ofsted has warned. The pupil premium, which costs around £1.25bn, is a major Government policy.

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Key facts about the 'Pupil Premium' policy

Education watchdog Ofsted has published a report based on a survey of the views of 262 school leaders on how cash for schools helping disadvantaged pupils is spent.

This academic year, schools were allocated £1.25 billion as part of the premium policy for children from low income families. According to the Department for Education, the pupil premium is allocated to:

  • Children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
  • Up to £50m of the £1.25bn will be used to support a Summer School programme.
  • Total funding through the Premium increased from £625m in 2011-12 to £1.25bn in 2012-13.
  • The level of the premium is £600 per pupil in 2012-13.
  • It was introduced in April 2011.
  • It was also paid to academies via the Young Peoples’ Learning Agency.
  • Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.

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