The Liberal Democrats have certainly got a lot of stick for taking part in the coalition government between 2010 and 2015, but, it was certainly not all bad! Especially when it comes to providing support for schools like Norwood, Gunthorpe, Werrington and Welbourne Primary Schools!
The other year I was appointed to a special group at the Town Hall which aimed to improve city schools and managed to get cross-party agreement to make ‘pupil premiums’ and their impact locally one of the group’s first priorities.
As a result, details of the what and where the pupil premium gets spent on is now published on the schools’ websites!
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support ‘disadvantaged’ pupils. It aims to help these pupils do at least as well
in their education as the rest of the children in the school.
The Pupil Premium was one of the key measures argued for by Liberal Democrats during the negotiations that set up the coalition government.
The Pupil Premium is extra support for the children who need it the most, whether it is catch-up classes, one-to one tuition, extra IT support – whatever
the school thinks best.
Fewer children falling behind means less disruption in class and a better education for everyone. Therefore, it is important that the city council understands how local schools are spending their premium.
- The Pupil Premium was one of four policy priorities that the Liberal Democrats put on the front page of their 2010 General Election manifesto.
Links to each schools pupil premium reports
- Welbourne Primary School – There pupil premium has rises from £36,000 in 2012/13 to £94,000 in 2015/2016
- Norwood Primary School – In 2014/15 received £51,000, which was spent on things like providing school uniform vouchers, higher level teaching assistants to deliver English booster groups in Year 2 and Year 6 and purchased additional electronic reading resources to engage pupils and improve rates of reading progress in Year 4…… to name but a few things!
- Werrington Primary School – In 20154/15 the school received £78,000, and children received additional teaching support and help as a result.
- Gunthorpe Primary School – Has so far received £222,640 and have used the money on awhole range of things to help those children who most need it!
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