£2 million Christmas present for Tewkesbury Schools

December 20, 2012 5:01 PM

Tewkesbury Liberal DemocratsLiberal Democrats in the Coalition Government have given schools in Tewkesbury Constituency a £2,030,000 Christmas present.

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 which is being delivered by the Coalition Government.

In Tewkesbury Constituency, 2,490 pupils are expected to be eligible, meaning that our schools are set to benefit from an extra £2,030,000 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 £1.65 billion, or £900 per pupil, in total.

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Tewkesbury said:

"The Pupil Premium can make a real difference to children's lives. Extra tuition, better IT resources and closer work with parents are all examples of how it has been used to support the most disadvantaged pupils.

This money does not just help children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, it helps every child. Fewer children falling behind means less disruption in class and a better education for everyone."