Staff in teaching jobs must decide how best to spend pupil premium funding, the chairman of a charity dedicated to raising the educational attainment of disadvantaged pupils has warned.
The government has announced this month that it will increase the premium - which is allocated to schools for every pupil they have who is eligible for free school meals or who has been in care - from its current level of £900 to £1,300 in 2014-15.
Responding to this announcement, Sir Peter Lampl argued that this extra funding could have a positive impact, but primary and secondary teachers need to consider the evidence as to how they can best utilise this financial support.
He remarked: "The extra money is welcome, but it is vital the pupil premium is spent well, and used on measures that do most to improve results for our poorest pupils in primary schools."
Back in February, Ofsted reported that schools which made best use of the pupil premium tended to draw on research and their own and other schools' experiences to see how best to spend this funding.
Posted by Tim Colman