MP welcomes more funding for pupils

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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed almost £1m for disadvantaged children in the town through the government’s new ‘pupil premium’.

Gosport will receive around £989,000 extra funding for the poorest children under the scheme – worth £430 for looked-after children and children on free school meals, and £200 for children with parents in the armed forces.

This means in Gosport 1,688 children in the former category will receive £725,625, and 1,315 children in the latter category will benefit from an extra £263,000.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘This is fantastic news for children in Gosport. The gap between the academic performance of children from deprived backgrounds and their peers is far too big and has been ignored for too long.

‘The pupil premium will tackle this disparity head on.’