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Mind the Gap: Ensuring All Disadvantaged Children Benefit from the Pupil Premium

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New Barnardo's research out today finds that the Government's pupil premium funding - introduced last year to improve the education outcomes of the country's poorest children - does not adequately support all disadvantaged children through their education.

Barnardo's report 'Mind the Gap: Ensuring All Disadvantaged Children Benefit from the Pupil Premium', highlights an inexplicable gap in funding, where pupil premium misses out three and four year olds. This gap has potential to undo all the good work done by nursery practitioners between the ages of two and three years. The report recommends that the Government could fill this gap - at no extra cost, by stretching the existing pupil premium so that it also supports disadvantaged three and four year olds. This would help to close the attainment gap between poor children and their better off classmates - key factor in the Government's plan to improve social mobility.

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