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NFER Teacher Voice data informed new Pupil Premium report

1 July 2015

Data from a recent NFER Survey has been used to inform the Pupil Premium: Next Steps report, published today by the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

As part of the NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey in February 2015, a representative sample of 1,478 practitioners from primary and secondary schools were asked for their views on the pupil premium and how to increase its impact.

The data revealed that 50% of primary teachers and 44% of secondary teachers feel that the premium is plugging funding gaps at their schools left by spending cuts elsewhere in school budgets, enabling them to continue activities that would not otherwise happen due to funding pressures.

Importantly, the survey showed that use of evidence in the classroom is growing: 64% of school leaders said they used research to decide how to spend their pupil premium, compared with 52% in 2012. When it comes to spending priorities, a clear favourite continues to be early intervention schemes, an answer given by 31% of schools and almost equally popular in primary and secondaries.

More information about the NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey.