A report released by the Public Accounts Committee called for a "better understanding" of what is working to close the gap between rich and poor pupils. The committee, which exists to evaluate cut public spending, said that there were early signs that pupil premium funding was making a positive difference, however the consistency of funding and support is currently lacking.
Meg Hiller, chair of the committee, says that closing the "attainment gap" for disadvantaged pupils should be "a cornerstone of education policy" and that a failure to close the attainment gap would continue to "pass down through generations".
The report highlights areas where underachievement is more apparent, specifically in deprived coastal areas. Further, it showed the differences in funding per school, with some receiving up to £3,000 a year more per disadvantaged pupil.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: "It is encouraging that this report recognises the extent to which the government has been able to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers."
Posted by Alan Douglas