NUT: Pupil premium is not being used in the way Nick Clegg apparently thinks it is

Commenting on Nick Clegg’s latest announcement about the Pupil Premium, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Introducing competition for funding amongst our schools is quite unacceptable. All schools must be fully resourced to provide the first class education service we need.

“State funded education must not become a lottery. If there is additional money then that should be used where it is most needed, on the basis of proper analysis of schools’ funding requirements.

“The Government needs to be honest. The pupil premium is simply being used to plug gaps in schools’ budgets because of other funding cuts by the Government. It is not being used for specific projects in the way Nick Clegg apparently thinks.

“The Government’s priority must be to restore the lost services; not introduce such unfair and ad hoc schemes.”

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