Liberal Democrats have always believed that education is the engine of social mobility, now we are making it happen! Last week the Government released the final Pupil Premium figures for every English local authority, constituency and school. Every school this year will receive an extra £488 for each child on free school meals they have on their roll.
In Kingston, schools are getting an extra £768,000 from the Pupil Premium to improve the education of the most disadvantaged children. You can find out how much each school in Kingston is getting here.
Over the past year, driving up the number of recorded free school meals pupils has been a primary objective for Deputy Leader Councillor Liz Green. The Pupil Premium is a policy devised and campaigned for by Liberal Democrats so she has been ensuring Kingston’s pupils receive the maximum possible benefit from this policy.
Additionally, the Liberal Democrat Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather also announced that the total Pupil Premium funding for next year will rise to £1.25 billion, double the amount in 2011-12. It will rise again each year until 2014-15 when it will be worth £2.5 billion.
Councillor Liz Green who has special responsibility for Education for All, said
“It is shocking that, nationally, pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are three times less likely to achieve five good GSCEs than their more well-off classmates. That is why Liberal Democrats nationally have ensured that there is extra money to finally reverse this worrying trend that was allowed to continue under the previous government.
Locally we have been working to ensure that Kingston’s pupils benefit as much as possible from this extra money by driving up the number of pupils registered for the premium. We now look forward to working with our schools to help overcome the barriers to achievement that some of the pupils in our community currently face.”