We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd Announces extra £2.9 million Grant for local schools

December 20, 2012 4:55 PM

Stephen Lloyd MP has welcomed a £2.9 million Christmas Grant for Eastbourne schools, thanks to the Liberal Democrats participation in the Coalition Government. The cash is an increase in the Pupil Premium funding, which targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have.

The Pupil Premium is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government. In Eastbourne, 3,260 pupils are expected to be eligible, meaning that our schools are set to benefit from an extra £2.9 million to support disadvantaged children.

The Pupil Premium covers any primary or secondary school pupil that has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years. For 2013/14, the Premium will be worth £1.65bn, or £900 per pupil, in total.

Commenting, Stephen said: "Liberal Democrats are building a strong economy and fair society where everyone can get ahead. To do that we need to make sure that children are not held back by poverty and disadvantage. For too long, social background has been a deciding factor in a child's chances for the future."

Commenting further, Lib Dem Schools Minister, David Laws said: "We are already seeing across the country how the Pupil Premium is making a difference to children's lives. Extra tuition, better IT resources and closer work with parents are all examples of how the Pupil Premium is being used to support the most disadvantaged pupils and benefit all their classmates too."He added: "I am proud that the Liberal Democrats are helping every child in Eastbourne and Willingdon to reach their full potential. This money does not just help the poorest children, it helps every child. Fewer children falling behind mean less disruption in class and a better education for everyone."

He added: "That's why I'm so pleased that, next year, we'll be extending the Pupil Premium to another half a million children, and increasing the money that schools get to £900 per pupil. This means that, as a result of Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government, more children will get a better start in life."