Extra school cash delights town’s MP

Stephen Lloyd
Stephen Lloyd

The town’s schools are set to benefit from £2.9million in government funding.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd says the funding is thanks to the Liberal Democrats participation in the Coalition Government. The cash is an increase in the Pupil Premium funding, which targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have.

In Eastbourne, 3,260 pupils are expected to be eligible, meaning the town’s schools are set to benefit from an extra £2.9 million to support disadvantaged children.

The Pupil Premium covers any primary or secondary school pupil that has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years. For 2013/14, the premium will be worth £1.65bn, or £900 per pupil, in total.

Mr Lloyd said, “Liberal Democrats are building a strong economy and fair society where everyone can get ahead. To do that we need to make sure that children are not held back by poverty and disadvantage.

“For too long, social background has been a deciding factor in a child’s chances for the future.

“I am proud that the Liberal Democrats are helping every child in Eastbourne and Willingdon to reach their full potential.

“This money does not just help the poorest children, it helps every child. Fewer children falling behind mean less disruption in class and a better education for everyone.”

David Laws, Lib Dem schools minister, said, “We are already seeing across the country how the Pupil Premium is making a difference to children’s lives.

“Extra tuition, better IT resources and closer work with parents are all examples of how the Pupil Premium is being used to support the most disadvantaged pupils and benefit all their classmates too.

“That’s why I’m so pleased that, next year, we’ll be extending the Pupil Premium to another half a million children.”