Pupil Premium a fig leaf for education cuts – Twigg

1 May 2012

Stephen TwiggStephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the NAHT's survey of head teachers on the pupil premium, said:

“The Government promised that the pupil premium would help the poorest pupils do better. But the reality on the ground is that it is merely a fig leaf for the biggest cuts to education funding since the 1950s.

“With more than half of head teachers saying it doesn’t even make up for the cuts they have had in their budget, it is clear that deprived pupils are suffering under this Tory-led Government.

“Many heads are unconvinced the pupil premium will make a difference to achievement. The Government needs to introduce far clearer accountability measures to ensure resources are targeted and effective at helping those pupils who need it most.”