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Extra funding for Hinckley and Bosworth children's education

December 16, 2010 11:04 PM

The Liberal Democrats have announced a major investment for schools in Hinckley and Bosworth through the Pupil Premium.

In its first year the programme will target £625m extra funding to the poorest children in school, with this figure rising to £2.5bn each year, by the end of this Parliament.

In year one, every school is guaranteed an extra £430 from the Government for every child on free school meals and every looked-after child.

In Leicestershire this could mean around £3.3 million in extra cash.

Commenting Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman for Hinckley and Bosworth Michael Mullaney, said: "For years, Labour told us that children in just one or two London boroughs were worth more than children here in Leicestershire. That was a disgrace and we're bringing it to an end.

"The premium gives Headteachers in our area the freedom to use the money how they want, in the ways they know work - not how politicians in Whitehall tell them to."

"By helping some of the most disadvantaged children, we can help whole classes work together better and move forward faster. This is great news for children, parents and teachers alike."

Michael Mullaney added "The Pupil Premium was one of four policies on the front of the Liberal Democrat manifesto at the last election. I am delighted that it is now becoming a reality.

"The evidence shows that the best way to help bright kids from poor families get to university is to target additional resources at them when they are younger and so give them a head start in life."