Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT said: “The findings of this Ofsted report provide evidence that school leaders are dedicated to closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, with the funding from the pupil premium generating the resources required. The success makes it clear that school leaders can be trusted to spend pupil premium funding on what their pupils need.
“Pupil premium funding has raised achievement for children across the country but most noticeably in London boroughs. It is important that evidence of the best interventions is shared widely to ensure that all schools can maximise the impact of the funding.
NAHT recently welcomed the consultation on the Early Years Pupil Premium, set at £300 per pupil, and we hope to see this amount increased to match the Primary funding level, to ensure the very youngest children can benefit from the successes identified in this report. Early intervention is essential for closing the gap.
Mr Hobby added: "The next challenge for the government is to ensure that pupil premium funding is going to the right children. Are free school meals still the right measure of deprivation? Many of our members think not."