A grant of nearly £3million has been awarded to Crawley to help the town’s 3,000 disadvantaged children.
From September 2013, schools in Crawley will receive £2,763,000, to be spent on support such as one-to-one tuition and extra pastoral care to help bridge the education gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011. The funding was £623 in 2012-13 and rose to £900 in 2013-14.
A disadvantaged pupil is defined by the Government as a pupil who has been on free school meals in the previous six years or who was ‘Looked After’ for at least six months in that year.
Crawley MP Henry Smith said the grant would go a long way to helping disadvantaged children in Crawley.
He said: “We are working to encourage all families who meet the criteria to register for free school meals.
“This Government wants disadvantaged children to benefit from a nutritious meal, and their schools to be able to receive Pupil Premium funding to help raise disadvantaged pupils’ attainment.
“There can be no doubting that this is fantastic news for young people in Crawley. 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.”
Headteachers and school leaders will decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions through Ofsted reports, performance tables and published information about each school’s pupil premiums.
Up to £50 million will fund a Summer School Programme for disadvantaged pupils to support their transition to secondary schools .