Cash for deprived pupils goes up by £2m

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THE LEADER of Portsmouth City Council has welcomed news that funding for local schools is likely to increase by more than £2 million.

From April next year the pupil premium, which provides additional school funding to support pupils from low-income families, will rise from £2.6m to £4.7m.

Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson said: ‘This is fantastic news for Portsmouth schools which will now get more funding to improve the attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds.’

The amount allocated to schools is based on the number of children who are eligible for free school meals, being looked after by the local authority or whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

Schools can spend the money how they see fit but must be accountable for how they have used it to support pupils from low-income families and improve attainment.

Cllr Rob Wood, cabinet member for education, said: ‘The increase is very welcome as a way of providing more resources to improve pupils’ progress.’