The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has paid performance bonuses of £510,000 to its staff, prompting school leaders to express concerns against tight budgets.

Less than 50 per cent of teachers believe the government’s pupil premium policy has had a positive impact on the disadvantaged pupils it was designed to help, a YouGov poll has found.

Chancellor George Osborne’s assurance that the education budget would be protected was confirmed in the Spending Review, while he announced schools funding would increase by £10 billion.

Plans to rectify funding differences in spending across England are expected to be outlined in the upcoming Spending Review.

The Department for Education will provide £300,000 to extend the Project Ability grant for a further year, it has been announced.