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Michael Gove vows to defend pupil premium

14/05/2013 Joanna
Education secretary Michael Gove has vowed to protect funding designed to help primary and secondary teachers in educating underprivileged children.

Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium sees schools allocated an extra £900 for every child they teach who is currently or has been at some point in the past six years eligible for free school meals or who has been in care for more than six months continuously.

With the spending review covering government expenditure from April 2015 set to take place next month, Mr Gove has said that while the Department for Education may be able to make some budget cuts, he wants the pupil premium to remain unaffected.

Speaking on BBC's Andrew Marr Show, the education secretary stated: "I'm fighting hard to ensure that the budget priorities that we have, particularly making sure that we can protect spending for schools and spending for the most disadvantaged children, is insulated from the necessary economies that we need to make."

In an interview last month with the Independent, schools minister David Laws criticised some schools in wealthier parts of England for not making good enough use of the premium in aiding staff in teaching jobs to raise the achievement levels of their poorer pupils.

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