Over �13,000 extra funding for disadvantaged pupils in Newham
Over 20,000 pupils in Newham are set to benefit next year from extra government funding to help disadvantaged children.
The Pupil Premium is a financial boost for London school pupils from deprived backgrounds and eligibility has been extended to include children registered for Free School Meals in the past six years.
The Department of Education valued the Premium as worth �600 a year per disadvantaged pupil, �112 more than received now, and schools will decide how to spend the money.
In Newham, 22,730 children are eligible for the Pupil Premium which is worth �13,640 in total.
In the capital, up to �50 million has been allocated to support Summer Schools to help pupils make the transition from primary school to secondary education but the rest can be spent on anything from additional tuition to improving IT resources.
You may also want to watch:
London MEP Sarah Ludford supports the Department of Education’s announcement.
She said: “For too long, social background has been a deciding factor in a child’s chances for the future.
- 1 Halal butcher's aiming to be 'Harrods of meat industry' opens in Stratford
- 2 Car abandoned after triple shooting and stabbing at Forest Gate barber
- 3 Parking space row sees police called and woman left feeling 'vulnerable'
- 4 'Simply horrifying': Newham MPs react after stabbing of Sir David Amess
- 5 14 charged with alleged drug dealing and money laundering offences
- 6 Forest Gate townhouses scoop RIBA's Neave Brown award for 'affordable' housing
- 7 Plan to transform Royal Docks into 'world-leading' cultural hub unveiled
- 8 Beckton man due to be sentenced for sexual assault of young girl
- 9 Family given 'gift' of week to say goodbye to son who died at 10 minutes old
- 10 Man in critical condition after triple shooting in Newham
“Children who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. Of students gaining three As at A-level in 2008, 30 per cent were privately educated, whereas only 0.5 per cent were eligible for Free School Meals.”
Ms Ludford added: “No child born in London in the 21st century should have their fate decided by their family’s wage packet. This money will go towards making our education system more equitable.”