Henry Smith MP today welcomed new figures which show that disadvantaged children in Crawley are set to receive £683,000 this year under the Government’s new ‘pupil premium’.
The pupil premium is a new policy promised by the Conservatives before the General Election last year. It is an extra lump sum of cash which follows every disadvantaged child and is received by schools, allowing them to provide additional support such as one-to-one tuition and extra pastoral care.
“The Government has announced that in the year from April 2011, the pupil premium will be worth £430 for every pupil on Free School Meals, £430 for every looked-after child, and £200 for every child who has a parent in the armed services. This means that in Crawley this year 1,590 children overall will benefit from the £683,000 funding.
“There can be no doubting that this is fantastic news for young people in Crawley. The gap between the academic performance of children from deprived backgrounds and their peers is far too big and has been ignored for too long.
“The pupil premium will tackle this disparity head on, providing targeted funding for those who need it most. This could mean extra one-to-one tuition or more pastoral support.
“Despite the growing academic disparity under Labour, I am pleased that this Government, even in these tough economic time, is delivering a massive boost to the education of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.”
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