Stockport MPs Back Cash Boost for Local Schools

October 18, 2011 4:12 PM
Mark with local Government Minister and neighbouring MP Andrew Stunell

Mark with local Government Minister and neighbouring MP Andrew Stunell

Stockport's Schools will receive a £2.6m cash boost this week after the Liberal Democrats announced their Pupil Premium will deliver more money than originally expected.

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter and Hazel Grove MP Andrew Stunell have welcomed the news that across the Borough schools will get a total of £2,663,000 to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds - £300,000 more than expected - helping a total 5,470 children.

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

Lib Dem Children's Minister Sarah Teather announced the extra money in Parliament alongside news that the total Pupil Premium Funding for next year will rise to £1.25bn, double the amount in 2011-12.

Thanks to Liberal Democrats, it will rise again each year until 2014-15 when it will be worth £2.5bn.

Commenting, Mark Hunter MP said:

"It is a shocking fact that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are three times less likely to achieve five good GSCEs than their more well-off classmates.

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

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

Andrew Stunell MP added:

"Liberal Democrats have ensured that this year Stockport's schools will benefit by £2.6m extra funding as part of the Pupil Premium, with more to come next year.

"This funding boost is more than expected and will make an even bigger difference for our children. It will help tackle inequality and enable schools to provide the extra support their pupils need to reach their full potential.

"I look forward to working with schools and teachers to make the Pupil Premium the success our children deserve it to be."

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