A report has argued that only a small percentage of the £1.25 billion allocated through the Pupil Premium for disadvantaged children in the coming school year will be spent in the most effective way.
The pupil premium is designed to reduce the attainment gap between pupils on free school meals and those from wealthier backgrounds and the government leaves it to the individual school awarded the funding to decide how it is used.
However, the Sutton Trust, a charity set up to tackle inequality in education, believes that more needs to be done to help those in teaching jobs spend the money more wisely.
"If the billions of pounds allocated through the Pupil Premium are to genuinely help improve the results of poorer children then we need to ensure that teachers receive the best guidance on what works in the classroom," explained Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust.
Posted by Harriet McGowan