Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Rise in English pupil premium reaffirmed

David Laws, Minister of State at the Department for Education, today confirmed that the rise in the pupil premium scheduled for 2014/15 in England would go ahead. Presumably an equivalent sum will be added to the Welsh settlement, but I have yet to find whether this will be passed on in the same way by the Welsh Government.

Later: the new rate will be £100 per pupil higher than predicted. David Laws writes:

We may be asking primary schools to aim higher, but we are giving them the funds to do it.  Nick Clegg has today announced the largest ever increase in the pupil premium for primary schools, from £900 to £1,300 in 2014/15 for every disadvantaged child, when the pupil premium reaches the full £2.5billion as promised on the front page of the Liberal Democrat manifesto.  For the first time, primary schools pupils will attract a higher pupil premium – because Liberal Democrats know that making a difference early has the greatest impact on a child’s life.

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