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To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to evaluate the impact of the pupil premium in addressing the attainment gap between children from more and less affluent backgrounds.
The Government believe that schools are best placed to decide how to support their most deprived pupils and the pupil premium will be spent by them in ways that they judge to be most effective.
It is important that we should monitor the impact of this additional investment, which will rise to £2.5 billion each year by 2014-15, and learn from those schools which are making the most effective use of it. From this year, performance tables will publish data showing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers for every school. The tables will show for each school the test or exam results for children who attract the pupil premium. They will allow us to compare results for these children with those of all other pupils in the school.
From September 2012 we will require schools to publish online details of how they have used the pupil premium to ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the progress and attainment of those pupils it covers.
There is no evidence yet about how schools are choosing to spend their pupil premium, as it has only been available since April 2011. We will publish more information about what works to raise the attainment of deprived pupils in due course.
We are also considering whether any further evaluation of the pupil premium is required and what form it might take.