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FROM :    i  THE INDEPENDENT : ENGLAND :  EDUCATION  : BY :   ANDREW GRICE  POLITICAL EDITOR : TUESDAY 15TH MAY 2012 .

The Government will not ringfence the £2.5bn a year to be handed to schools for the most disadvantaged pupils to ensure all of it is spent on them, Nick Clegg admitted yesterday .

 

The Deputy Prime Minister said it would be wrong to ” micro-  manage ” every school from Whitehall by dictating how money allocated under his ” pupil premium ” scheme is spent.He dismissed criticism that it could be used to cover spending cuts.

 

But Alan Milburn, the Government`s independent reviewer of child poverty and social mobility , is to investigate how and where the money is being spent.” It is opaque .” said the former Labour cabinet minister .” That is the real problem .”

 

In a speech yesterday, Mr Clegg said the Coalition would not copy the previous Labour government by trying to hold the hand of every teacher . He is confident staff will innovate and spend the money  well in different ways- such as one – to – one tuition , catching -up classes, breakfast clubs or counselling .

 

But Christine Blower , general secretary of the National Union of Teachers , said : “The Pupil Premium is simply being used to plug gaps in school`s budgets because of other funding cuts.”

AT LAST , AN INVESTIGATION  INTO THE EFFECTS OF NON RINGFENCED  FUNDING  ON BOTH STUDENTS AND STAFF.       PAT CARTER : TUTOR  . PORTSMOUTH . ENGLAND.

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