|Cambridge MP Julian Huppert|
Disadvantaged youngsters in Cambridge will benefit from £1.8 million in funding through the Liberal Democrat’s Pupil Premium over the next year.
The much-needed money will help 2,100 children from poorer backgrounds to get a good start in school.
The news has been welcomed by the city’s MP Julian Huppert who said the money would make a real difference to children who might otherwise struggle to keep up with their classmates.
“I am delighted that through the Pupil Premium we have been able to give every child a fair start,” he said. “It is a recognised fact that social background can be a deciding factor in a child’s future chances. The Pupil Premium is designed to redress the balance giving every youngster the opportunity to do well.”
The Pupil Premium covers any primary or secondary school pupil who has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years. For 2013/14, the premium will be worth £1.65 billion nationally or £900 per pupil.