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Over half of teachers do not know how the additional funding their school receives under the Pupil Premium is being spent, a new survey by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has found.
The survey, which had nearly 2000 responses from teachers in England, found teachers are being expected to account for the outcomes of pupils eligible for support from the Pupil Premium, but in many cases the additional funding has not found its way to the classroom.
The survey found that:
The survey is being released as teachers at the NASUWT’s Annual Conference, which is being held in Cardiff, prepare to debate a motion on the pupil premium this weekend.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“The NASUWT warned at the outset when the Pupil Premium was first introduced that, in the context of the Coalition’s savage austerity measures and its failure to protect school budgets despite its claims to the contrary, this funding would inevitably end up being absorbed into school budgets as the cuts bit.
“It is clear from the survey that teachers are continuing to do the very best for the pupils who are eligible for support from this funding, but are not seeing any extra resource in the classroom. To add insult to injury, their performance is being tied to hard pupil-progress targets with no support being provided to them.
“What is equally concerning is the failure to consult those working daily with the pupils about the strategies that are needed.
“Only when the professional opinion of those actually teaching the pupils is taken into account on how the funding can be most effectively used will real progress be made in closing the achievement gap for the most disadvantaged pupils.”