Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Dorset and Poole are set to receive £15.53 million (Dorset £11.19m; Poole £4.34m) 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.
Vikki Slade, prospective parliamentary candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole said, “Every child should be able to reach their full potential, whatever their background. The pupil premium will get extra money to schools in Mid Dorset and North Poole targeted at the children who need it most. The whole class benefits when fewer children are struggling."
“Teachers in Mid Dorset and North Poole 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 MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, Annette Brooke, 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 Mid Dorset and North Poole. 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.”