Pupil Premium welcomed by city MP

December 14, 2010 11:26 AM

Julian HuppertMP Julian Huppert has welcomed news that Cambridge's most disadvantaged children will benefit from the Liberal Democrats' Pupil Premium.

Every school will receive an extra £430 from the government for youngsters receiving free school meals and those in local authority care.

In the first year, the programme will give £625 million to the poorest children with the figure rising each year to £2.5 billion by the end of this Parliament.

"This is great news for families in Cambridge," said Julian. "The Pupil Premium means that disadvantaged children will get the extra support they need and deserve. This could mean individual tuition or extra classes to help them catch up if they are slipping behind the rest of the class. Schools will have the freedom to spend the money to help these pupils in the best way they see fit, which in turn will help whole classes to work better and move forward.

"We have taken away Whitehall's interference and given Cambridge head teachers and staff the opportunity to make decisions that will directly benefit the children they teach.

"This is a real Liberal Democrat achievement and a key part of our education policy during the election campaign which is now being implemented by the government."

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