Pupil premium starting to make a positive difference in many schools

Ofsted has published a progress report on how well schools in England are using the extra funding they receive to raise the attainment of their more disadvantaged pupils.

The report finds that while it is too early to point to any significant narrowing of the gap nationally between more affluent and poorer children in key tests and exams at 11 and 16, school leaders are generally spending the pupil premium more effectively than at any time since the funding was introduced in 2011. Read more.

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