Kingston’s Executive Member for Education for All, Cllr Liz Green has welcomed the news that local schools will be receiving an estimated £864,700 in additional spending from the Coalition Government’s ‘pupil premium’ programme.
A core Liberal Democrat manifesto commitment to target funding on educating children from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds means that from 2011, for every pupil on free school meals in Kingston their school will receive an extra £430 to support their schooling. In 2014 looked after and service children will also be entitled to extra school spending.
Cllr Liz Green said: “Head teachers will have the freedom to spend this extra cash on however they think they can support and improve the academic attainment of disadvantaged pupils, best.
“This is a substantial additional funding to ensure children from low income and difficult backgrounds have the opportunities to succeed in our excellent, local schools - it about closing the attainment gap between those that have and those that have not.”
“I want to encourage all families with children eligible for free school meals to make sure they are taking them up in time for the 2011 census – so that their schools and teachers will receive the extra school funding they are entitled to.”