Pupils dragged out of bed by former sailors in Southsea

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EX-NAVY personnel have been dragging pupils out of bed to get them to school on time, a principal has said.

Southsea’s Charter Academy principal Dame Sharon Hollows said the school sent a bus manned by former members of the navy to collect pupils who had not turned up, in a scheme funded by the Pupil Premium.

Dame Sharon made the comments at a summit on student funding in London, and said it was one method the school had of improving pupil performance.

She said the scheme was good value for money at £200 per month, and was behind a fall in truancy.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan also spoke at the summit. ‘Applying the premium in a scatter-gun fashion, with the assumption that it will find its way to those who need it, is not transformative enough,’ Mrs Morgan said.