Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Pupil Premium will deliver more cash for our schools by Cllr David Jenkins

Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government have given schools in Cambridgeshire a £12 million 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. It is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government.

In Cottenham, Histon and Impington 424 pupils are expected to be eligible, meaning that our schools are set to benefit from an extra £381 thouand 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 £1.65bn, or £900 per pupil, in total.

David says: ‘This is good news and is a step towards ensuring that children are not held back by poverty and disadvantage. For too long, social background has been a deciding factor in a child’s chances for the future. It’s good that the Liberal Democrats are helping every child to reach their full potential.’

‘This money does not just help the poorest children, it helps every child. Fewer children falling behind means less disruption in class and a better education for everyone.’

Details of the extra income for our schools is given in the table below.

SchoolNumber of PupilsExtra Funding
Cottenham Primary School51£45,450
Cottenham Village College90£81,000
Histon and Impington Infant School16£14,400
Histon and Impington Junior School42£37,800
Impington Village College169£152,100
Oakington CofE VA Primary School12£10,800
Orchard Park Community Primary School44£39,600