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Eastleigh MP welcomes big funding boost for local primary schools

July 18, 2013 10:27 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Mike Thornton MP has warmly welcomed the news that primary schools in Eastleigh will benefit from extra funding as part of the Liberal Democrat Pupil Premium policy. Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg today announced the biggest ever rise in the Pupil Premium for primary schools to help ensure that more pupils are able to achieve higher standards.

Mike Thornton MP at Quilley School of Engineering, which received £116,550 from the pupil premium this year.

Mike Thornton MP at Quilley School of Engineering, which received £116,550 from the pupil premium this year.

The Pupil Premium provides schools with extra money to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This will help whole classes move forward faster together.

It will be increased to £1,300 per eligible primary school pupil in 2014/15, up from £900 per child this year. That's likely to be an extra £568,400 for primary schools in Eastleigh on top of the funding already allocated.

Schools will be able to spend this money in ways that they feel helps their pupils best. Evidence shows some schools use it to hire extra staff, reading and maths classes for children who need an extra hand or provide appropriate IT facilities.

Commenting, Mike Thornton MP said:

"All the evidence shows that if your child starts behind in secondary school, they stay behind. That is unacceptable.

"As part of the Liberal Democrats' aim to build a fairer society, the Coalition Government is putting extra money into primary schools to help teachers support disadvantaged children. The Pupil Premium will now be worth over £1,847,300 for Eastleigh Primary schools next year, making a real difference to the lives of our most disadvantaged children.

"This boost in the Pupil Premium will help ensure we give those children a better start at secondary school, so they have a better start in life."

Commenting further, Nick Clegg said:

"I am delighted to announce a significant increase in the Pupil Premium at primary level.

"This increase in money for every eligible primary school child will help ensure that all pupils are ready to reach their full potential in secondary school.

"This will allow all our children to get the best possible start in life."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. In 2012, only 68 per cent of 11 year olds eligible for the Pupil Premium achieved the expected level in English and Maths. 84 per cent of all other pupils aged 11 achieved that.

  1. 47 per cent of pupils who did not score in the top or middle third of the Level 4 mark range in both English and maths went on to achieve at least five A*-C GCSE grades including English and maths last year.