Hundreds of disadvantaged schoolchildren in Sutton are reaping the benefit of the Pupil Premium. Figures show that last year 42.7% of youngsters from poorer backgrounds in Sutton have achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade compared to 39.2% in 2012.
Ofsted said the figures showed head teachers were spending pupil premium more effectively with the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates closing.
Assistant head teacher at Carshalton High School for Girls, Fiona Crump, said, “The funding allows us to help students, that are eligible for Pupil Premium, overcome any barriers they might face so they make excellent progress. Our recent Ofsted report highlighted their success, describing any gaps in attainment between these and other students as ‘narrowing rapidly’ and ‘currently insignificant.’
MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake said, “This is further proof Pupil Premium is transforming the chances of pupils across the country.
We are increasing the pupil premium budget to £2.5 billion this year as well as extending the policy to three and four-year-olds. The party has already made sure from September all infants will receive free schools meals, so there can be no doubt that the Liberal Democrat’s priority lies in helping all pupils achieve their potential.
School leaders are using funding more effectively, tracking the progress of eligible pupils more closely and reporting outcomes more precisely than before. I am confident that with the increase in the budget, next year we will see even better results in Sutton.”