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    £6.5 million extra for local schools

    Next year schools across Portsmouth will receive £6.5 million thanks to the Pupil Premium introduced by Lib Dems in Government.

    As a Lib Dem I have campaigned for many years for extra funds to help the pupils who need it most, so am delighted that local schools in our area will benefit so much. It will make a huge difference.

    Until now, schools in more deprived areas of places like Portsmouth, have been expected to deliver the same results despite starting at a disadvantage. This changes everything, now money will be focused on the pupils that need it the most.The purpose of this Pupil Premium is to help pupils from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, and close the shameful gap in life chances which grew over the term of the last Labour Government.

    Head teachers will be free to use this money how they want to make the biggest difference. Schools that face the biggest challenges could use the money to make a difference with more one-to-one tuition, a longer school day, holiday classes, or even paying more to attract the best teachers.

    I really hope that schools make the most of this money. They mustn’t use it to avoid making the efficiency savings they need to, but must use it to do more for those who need the help most.

    You can see below how much local schools in our area will receive in 2013/14:

    Primary / Infant / Junior Schools
    Meon Infant School – £17,100
    Meon Junior School – £67,500
    Cumberland Infant School – £42,300
    Milton Park Infant School – £63,900
    Milton Park Fed. Primary School – £93,600
    Wimborne Infant School – £35,100
    Wimborne Junior School – £72,000
    Moorings Way Infant School – £22,500

    Local Secondary Schools
    Miltoncross School – £286,200
    Priory School – £418,500

    *Estimates based upon 2011-12 pupil figures

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