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Disadvantaged County Durham primary school pupils to receive £250,000 boost

by Elvet & Gilesgate Lib Dems on 11 November, 2014

Disadvantaged primary school pupils in County Durham are set to receive over £26 million to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.
The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues. The figure for the county is £26.42 million, an increase of £250,000 on the current year.
It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.
Evidence shows raising the attainment of pupils by the end of primary schools has a direct impact on future exam results.
City of Durham Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate Craig Martin said:
“Every child should be able to reach their full potential, whatever their background.
“The pupil premium will get extra money to schools in our area, targeted at the children who need it most.  The whole class benefits when fewer children are struggling.
“As a teacher myself, I see every day what a great job teachers do in our county, and I know that the extra money can only help our children and young people to succeed.”
Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:
“In government, Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society, with opportunity for everyone.
“We have already protected school budgets, introduced the pupil premium and expanded early years education for the very youngest children.
“This additional funding is another boost for schools in County Durham.  Liberal Democrats are determined that teachers will continue to have the resources they need to give all pupils the best possible start in life, regardless of their background.”
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