Big boost for primary schools in Hinckley and Bosworth
County Councillor for Hinckley, Michael Mullaney, has welcomed news that more money is being delivered for the education of those local primary schoolchildren who need it most.
Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced the biggest ever rise in the Pupil Premium for primary schools to help ensure that more pupils are able to achieve higher standards.
The Pupil Premium provides schools with extra money to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This will help whole classes move forward faster together.
It will be increased to £1,300 per eligible primary school pupil in 2014/15, up from £900 per child this year. That's likely to be an extra £486,400 for primary schools in Hinckley and Bosworth.
Schools will be able to spend this money in ways that they feel helps their pupils best. Evidence shows some schools use it to hire extra staff, reading and maths classes for children who need an extra hand or provide appropriate IT facilities.
Commenting, Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman Cllr Michael Mullaney said;
"All the evidence shows that if your child starts behind in secondary school, they stay behind. That is unacceptable.
"As part of the Liberal Democrats' aim to build a fairer society, the Coalition Government is putting extra money into primary schools to help teachers support disadvantaged children.
"This boost in the Pupil Premium will help ensure we give those children a better start at secondary school, so they have a better start in life."