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To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that schools are using the pupil premium on measures which have been demonstrated to be effective in lowering the attainment gap between children from more and less affluent backgrounds.
We believe that schools are best placed to make decisions about how to use the Pupil Premium and they will be free to do so. To help inform those decisions we will share with schools evidence about what makes the most difference for pupils from deprived backgrounds, including, for example, intensive support in reading, writing and mathematics.
It is important that schools should be accountable for how they have used their Pupil Premium funding. We will include new measures in the performance tables to capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the premium. From September 2012, we will also require schools to publish online details of how they have spent the Pupil Premium so that parents and others are fully aware of the progress and attainment of those pupils it covers.