Thursday, 13 October 2011

Launceston schools getting £124,440 from Lib Dem pupil premium

The full details of the new money available to schools across the UK as part of the pupil premium have just been announced. The total amount will be £488 per pupil in receipt of free school meals.

In Launceston:

St Catherines has 21 free school meals pupils (10.2% of the total) and will get £10,248
St Stephens has 60 pupils receiving free school meals (30.5%) and will get £29,280
Windmill Hill has 36 pupils receiving free schools meals (17.4%) and will get £17,568
Launceston College has 138 pupils receiving free school meals (12.8%) and will get £67,344

That's a total of £124,440 across the four schools in town as well as many thousands for the other schools across our area.

It's worth remembering that the pupil premium is a Lib Dem initiative in government and that none of the schools would be getting this extra cash if we weren't there.

2 comments:

Jude Robinson said...

It's worth remembering that the pupil premium is a Lib Dem initiative in government and that none of the schools would be getting this extra cash if we weren't there.

Except that the three main parties all put the premium in their manifestos.

Conservative party election manifesto 2010 “We will introduce a pupil premium – extra funding for children from disadvantaged backgrounds”

Labour party election manifesto 2010 “We will introduce a local pupil premium to guarantee that extra funding to take account of deprivation follows the pupil”

Hat tip to Mudhook http://mudhook.wordpress.com/

Alex Folkes said...

Yep - the other parties had it in their manifestos, but the Tory version was about 20% of the funding of what we eventually came up with. In other words a start, but not the whole thing.

I could take Labour's manifesto seriously, but after 13 years in power when they didn't introduce a pupil premium, why should we believe you now? It's a bit like Ed Milliband's sudden conversion to the need to regulate lobbyists. When he had the chance (when Lib Dems proposed it) he and his Labour chums voted against.