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The Pupil Premium in Hastings & Rye

January 8, 2011

In the middle of December, the government unveiled further details of the Pupil Premium – a key Liberal Democrat policy which will ensure the most disadvantaged children in our country get the help they need.

From April, every school in England will get £430 for each child in their school on Free School Meals. Based on latest estimates this will mean at least an extra £1,137,780 for schools to spend on the students who need it most in Hastings & Rye.

Each year between now and 2015 the amount spent in the constituency will rise – by 2015 the Government will be spending a total of £2.5bn nationally on the Pupil Premium.

This is money on top of what is already being allocated for schoolchildren – no school will lose money as result of the Pupil Premium. And it will be given to Head Teachers to spend at their discretion on what they think works best for their school – be it extra one to one classes, breakfast clubs or after-school clubs.Local Lib Dem campaigner Nick Perry said,

“The Pupil Premium was one of four, key, front page manifesto commitments on which the Lib Dems fought the last General Election. Making it a reality will help improve the social mobility and life chances of hundreds and hundreds of Hastings & Rye children from less privileged backgrounds over the coming years. 

“This is another important example of how Liberal Democrat Ministers are making a real difference in Government. This money for Hastings & Rye children would not be available but for Lib Dem priorities within the Coalition.”

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