Disadvantaged youngsters across Cambridgeshire have achieved better GCSE results as the Pupil Premium begins to have an impact in schools.
The news, that more than 30 per cent of youngsters from poorer backgrounds achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C, has been welcomed by Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert.
Figures released by Ofsted show that results improved for almost six per cent of children in the last year. In 2012 24.7 per cent of children achieved the GCSE benchmark compared with 30.6 per cent this year.
Julian said: “This is very good news. It is proof that the Pupil Premium is helping these youngsters do well and that gives them greater options when it comes to further education, training or work placements.
“The gap between disadvantaged youngsters and their classmates is closing thanks to this money and I am confident we will continue to see real change.”
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Lib Dems to give children receiving free school meals a better chance at school.
It is well-documented that children from disadvantaged backgrounds struggle to achieve their potential often falling behind their peer group.
The Lib Dems are increasing the Pupil Premium budget to £2.5 billion this year as well as extending the policy to cover three and four-year-olds.