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Region's schools to benefit from investment in disadvantaged pupils

December 13, 2011 2:06 PM

School pupilsDiana has warmly welcomed the additional money to be given by the government to schools in the Yorkshire & the Humber region to help them support children from deprived backgrounds.

The Department for Education has announced that England's most disadvantaged pupils will benefit from £600 each in 'Pupil Premium' next year, an increase of £112 for each pupil and making total of £1.25 billion nationally in 2012-13.

Not only that, but the 'Pupil Premium' scheme is being extended to cover any child who has been registered for free school meals in the past 6 years.

In Yorkshire & the Humber almost 200,000 pupils are expected to be eligible, meaning that schools in the region will benefit from £117 million extra to support disadvantaged pupils. The money will be ploughed into additional tuition, better IT resources and closer work with parents.

Diana commented:

"For too long, social background has been a deciding factor in a child's chances for the future. But no child born in our region in the 21st century should have their fate decided by their family's wage packet.

"As a Liberal Democrat, I believe that in a fair society, a government should work to overcome this disadvantage and help children reach their full potential. This money will go towards making our education system more equitable."

Notes:

The exact figures for Yorkshire & the Humber are: 197,200 disadvantaged pupils expected to be eligible, meaning our schools would get an extra £116,957,000 to support them.

1. The latest figures available show that:

a. only 56% of 11-year-olds known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) achieved the expected level in both English and mathematics compared with 77% for non-FSM pupils

b. just 31% of pupils eligible for FSM (free school meals) achieved five A*-C GCSEs or equivalent, including English and mathematics, compared with 59% for pupils not eligible for FSM

2. The final figures for eligible pupils, those children registered for FSM, will be based on the annual school census, held on 19 January 2012 and the Pupil Premium will be allocated accordingly.

3. Up to £50m of the £1.25bn will be used to support a Summer School programme to help the most disadvantaged pupils make the transition from primary to secondary school.

4. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.