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B&NES schools to benefit from doubled Pupil Premium funding

September 23, 2023 by admin in News

Liberal Democrat Children and Families Minister, Sarah Teather announced at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference that the total funding available for the Pupil Premium will be doubled to £1.25bn in 2012-13.

This is a rise from £625m in 2011-12, and will rise again each year until 2014-15 when it will be worth £2.5bn. Schools decide how to spend the extra funding so that it best supports children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“It is shocking fact that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are three times less likely to achieve five good GSCEs than their more well-off classmates.

“Education is the best way to end the underachievement of disadvantaged pupils, we need to support children comprehensively from early years straight through to secondary school.

“That is why Liberal Democrats have ensured that this Government has extended free early years education and in the coming school year, Bath and North East Somerset is expected to receive £976,950 as part of the pupil premium.

“Sarah Teather’s announcement means that next year this amount should double. This will make an even bigger difference for schools in our area.”

B&NES Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Nathan Hartley, who is also the Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, welcomed the news:

“This extra investment in our local schools is fantastic news. This money is being used to ensure that children from some of the most disadvantaged families in our council area receive extra help and support throughout their years in education.”

Commenting further, Sarah Teather said:

“The amount the Government is making available through the Pupil Premium will double next year and I am delighted to announce this increase. It shows this Government’s commitment to reforming funding for schools to make it fairer for the most deprived children.

“It is our responsibility to close the gulf in achievement. This extra funding to schools is vital to help them tackle inequality and make sure thousands of children get the extra support they need to succeed and reach their potential.”