Hunter welcomes extra £6.9m for schools in our area

December 20, 2012 5:19 PM

Head and shouldersLocal MP Mark Hunter has welcomed the news that schools in Stockport will receive an extra £6.9m from the Coalition Government.

The cash is an increase in the Pupil Premium funding, which targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have.

The Pupil Premium is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government.

In Stockport, 7,770 pupils are expected to be eligible, meaning that our schools are set to benefit from an extra £6.9m to support disadvantaged children.

The Pupil Premium covers any primary or secondary school pupil that has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years. For 2013/14, the Premium will be worth £1.65bn, or £900 per pupil, in total.

This means that high schools across the Cheadle constituency will benefit as follows:

Primary Schools will also benefit to the tune of almost an additional three quarters of a million pounds.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Liberal Democrats are building a strong economy and fair society where everyone can get ahead.

"To do that we need to make sure that children are not held back by poverty and disadvantage.

"For too long, social background has been a deciding factor in a child's chances for the future.

"Across the Cheadle constituency alone schools are set to receive an extra £1,807,000. This money does not just help the poorest children, it helps every child. Fewer children falling behind means less disruption in class and a better education for everyone."

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister, David Laws said:

"We are already seeing across the country how the Pupil Premium is making a difference to children's lives. Extra tuition, better IT resources and closer work with parents are all examples of how the Pupil Premium is being used to support the most disadvantaged pupils and benefit all their classmates too.

"That's why I'm so pleased that, next year, we'll be extending the Pupil Premium to another half a million children, and increasing the money that schools get to £900 per pupil.

"This means that, as a result of Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government, more children will get a better start in life."

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