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Hastings & Rye Pupil Premium will be £1.5m

October 19, 2011

Liberal Democrats have always believed that education is the engine of social mobility; now we are delivering on this within the Coalition.

Last week the Government released the final Pupil Premium figures for every English local authority, constituency and school. Lib Dem Minister Sarah Teather MP announced that every school will receive an extra £488 for each child on free school meals they have on their roll.

Schools in our constituency are getting an extra £1.548m from the Pupil Premium to improve the education of the most disadvantaged children.

The Pupil Premium is a policy Liberal Democrats devised and campaigned for, and put at the heart of the Coalition negotiations. Now it is more than good policy, it is a reality making a difference to the school down your road. It goes directly into classrooms and will benefit all pupils.

It is also a milestone in breaking the link between poverty and achievement, tackling Labour’s shocking legacy where the richest 16-year olds are three times as likely to get five good GCSEs as the poorest.

Nick Perry, parliamentary spokesperson for Hastings & Rye welcomed the news –


‘At the General Election Liberal Democrats made clear our commitment to increasing Education funding for the children in our communities experiencing poverty and social exclusion.

‘I hope that this Pupil Premium money for Hastings & Rye children will encourage teachers, parents and students that the needs of the most disadvantaged will continue to be prioritised and promoted by us, within Government. There’s no doubt that we still have a lot of work to do if we are going to meet the national target of eradicating child poverty by 2020. I know that colleagues in the parliamentary party are determined to stay on course to meet this target.’


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One Comment
  1. Let’s all hope the the Minister, Sarah Teather, does all she can to ensure that schools use all the funding at their disposal to meet the needs of ALL the most disadvantaged and marginalised young people on their school roles by seeking out and buying, if necessary, Alternative Education that meets the needs of these young people – rather than excluding them or giving them such reduced timetables they might be expected to be in school for an hour a week! I speak as the manager of BHT Finding Futures based at 16 Havelock Road Hastings and 01424 718984 and we provide Alternative Education for so called Hard to Reach 14- 16 year olds (commisioned by ESCC/collge Central) as well as personal and social development courses and qualifications for marginalised adults

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