Headteachers left frustrated over missing out on ‘thousands of pounds’ for disadvantaged students this year

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She would have received £32,000 more for the next allocation of pupil premium if January numbers counted, given how many more disadvantaged children are now officially eligible, she said.

“It is pretty devastating really, for that amount of money our people need,” she told The Independent.

The pupil premium grant is aimed at helping disadvantaged pupils improve progress and their exam results, and schools can use it in a variety of ways, such as for academic support and non-academic initiatives, such as breakfast clubs and music lessons.

The DfE did not immediately respond to The Independent’s request for comment.

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