Andrew Stunell MP & Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove, welcomed the cash boost of over £10m Stockport is set to receive to go towards disadvantaged primary school pupils through the Lib Dem Pupil Premium.
The Pupil Premium funding for Stockport for 2015/16 will be £10.41m. It will help teachers in Stockport support those children at most risk of falling behind. Primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.
Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove, said -
“Every child should be able to reach their full potential, whatever their background. The pupil premium will get extra money to schools in Stockport, targeted at the children who need it most. The whole class benefits when fewer children are struggling.”
“As a School Governor in Stockport, I know our teachers locally do a great job and I can’t wait to see how they use this additional funding to help all our children and young people succeed.”
Evidence shows raising the attainment of pupils by the end of primary schools has a direct impact on future exam results.
Commenting, Andrew Stunell MP said –
“For years Stockport’s young people lost out because local schools didn’t get the support from Whitehall they needed. I’m delighted that one of the Liberal Democrats’ top manifesto policies is now putting that right. It is an extra £10million that will really make a difference to children’s learning and lives.”
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 Stockport. 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.”