Kevin Brennan MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, commenting on the Ofsted report ‘The Pupil Premium’, said:
"A year and a half after being introduced, this report shows that the Pupil Premium is not working in the way it was intended, because it fails to offset the cuts the Tory-led Government has made to the schools budget.
"The Government claimed that the Pupil Premium would be new money targeted at less well-off pupils. However, only 1 in 10 head teachers say the Pupil Premium is having a significant effect on supporting pupils from less well-off backgrounds, and that the funding is being used to plug holes in schools budgets, created by the biggest cuts in education spending since the 1950s.
"Michael Gove needs to get a grip and ensure that the Pupil Premium is being spent on programmes that actually help less well-off pupils make the most of their potential."