Hackney Schools to get £17.12 million boost for disadvantaged pupils

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Thousands of primary school children in Hackney will get a boost next year thanks to increased funding for the Pupil Premium - one of the flagship Lib Dem initiatives brought in by the coalition government.

Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Hackney are set to receive £17.12 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.

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.

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Simon de Deney, parliamentary campaigner for Hackney North & Stoke Newington, said:

“Every child should be able to reach their full potential, whatever their background.

“The pupil premium will get extra money to schools in Hackney, targeted at the children who need it most.  The whole class benefits when fewer children are struggling.

“Teachers in Hackney and Stoke Newington 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.”

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 Hackney North. 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.”