Teachers 'in the dark' on Pupil Premium

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Teachers are being held to account for the progress of their Pupil Premium students but many have no idea how the funding is being spent.

Research by the NASUWT involving more than 2,600 teachers in England found that 53 per cent do not know how their school is spending its Pupil Premium funding.

Furthermore, 87 per cent have not had specific training on the Pupil Premium strategies being employed and 56 per cent have been given specific targets for their Pupil Premium pupils but without specific support plans.

The survey also found that 53 per cent of teachers are not involved in devising Pupil Premium strategies, with these instead being developed by the school. Despite this, 37 per cent said that data-related targets for Pupil Premium students are still included as part of their performance management.

The findings were released at the NASUWT annual conference in Birmingham during Easter. General secretary Chris Keates said: “It is clear that there is still a profound lack of transparency about how the Pupil Premium is being allocated within schools.

“It is also clear that many of the teachers who are working daily with the pupils eligible for the funding cannot see any evidence of extra resource in the classroom or how the funding is being used to support their work or the pupils.

“To add insult to injury, despite not being supported teachers are increasingly being monitored and assessed on the work they are doing to support pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium.”

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