Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Pupil Premium figures

Yesterday saw the announcement of provisional figures for the Pupil  Premium payments ( provisional because the actual figures depend on the school census for the next academic year).

In Liverpool we'll be getting nearly eight million pounds.

I had an e mail from Sarah Teather, Lib Dem minister in the education department, last night about the money that will be coming to schools in my own constituency - Garston and Halewood.

I've posted it below.


Dear Paula

Today the government unveiled further details of the Pupil Premium – a key Liberal Democrat policy which will ensure the most disadvantaged children in our country get the help they need.

From April next year every school in England will get £430 for each child in their school on Free School Meals. Based on latest estimates this will mean at least an extra £1,495,110 for schools to spend on the students who need it most in Garston & Halewood.

Each year between now and 2015 the amount spent in your constituency will rise – by 2015 we will be spending a total of £2.5bn nationally on the pupil premium.

This is money on top of what is already being allocated for schoolchildren – no school will lose money as result of the Pupil Premium. And it will be given to Head Teachers to spend at their discretion on what they think works best for their school – be it extra one to one classes, breakfast clubs or after-school clubs.

The Pupil Premium was one of four key front page manifesto commitments on which we fought the last General Election. Making it a reality will help improve the social mobility and life chances of hundreds of thousands of children from less privileged backgrounds over the coming years.

Best wishes,

Sarah Teather MP

Minister of State, Department for Education

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