Pupil Premium Announcement

October 18, 2011 2:01 PM

Liberal Democrat Children and Families Minister, Sarah Teather, has announced the extra money each school will receive through the Pupil Premium this year - far more than originally expected.

In Sutton, schools will get a total of £1 693 604 to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The original plans for an extra £430 per pupil have been boosted by £100m, meaning that that every school in Sutton will now get nearly £500 for every child on Free School Meals.

News of the extra money comes after Sarah Teather recently announced that the total Pupil Premium funding for next year will rise to £1.25bn, double the amount in 2011-12. From then on, it will rise again each year until 2014-15 when it will be worth £2.5bn.

Commenting, Tom Brake said:

"Education is the best way to end the underachievement of disadvantaged pupils through supporting children from early years straight through to secondary school.

"That is why the Liberal Democrats have ensured that in Sutton, and throughout the country, schools will receive what they need and deserve to maintain and improve on current standards of education.

"This is more than expected and will make an even bigger difference for our children. I look forward to working with schools and teachers to make the Pupil Premium the success our children deserve it to be."

Commenting further, Sarah Teather said:

"The Pupil Premium will benefit poorer pupils, providing extra money directly for those pupils who need it the most.

"This extra funding will help tackle inequality and enable schools to provide the extra support their pupils need to reach their full potential."

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