Pupil Premium is helping children in Lancashire score better exam results – Gordon Birtwistle MP
Hundreds of disadvantaged schoolchildren in Lancashire are reaping the benefit of the Pupil Premium, Gordon Birtwistle said today.
Figures show that last year 31.4% of youngsters from poorer backgrounds in Lancashire achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade.
This compares to 30.2% in 2012 as payments introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government begin to have a greater impact.
Ofsted said the figures showed headteachers were spending pupil premium more effectively with the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates closing
Liberal Democrat Gordon Birtwistle said: “This is further proof Pupil Premium is transforming the chances of pupils across the country and helping to build a stronger economy and fairer society.
“However, the slow growth seen in Lancashire (1.2%) compared to other parts of the country (up to 10.6% in Islington) shows that there is still much room for improvement in Lancashire County Council’s handling of our schools.
“Nationally, the Lib Dems are increasing the pupil premium budget to £2.5 billion this year as well as extending the policy to three and four-year-olds.
“The party has already made sure from September all infants will receive free school meals.
“So there can be no doubt the Liberal Democrat’s priority lies in helping all pupils achieve their potential. I hope that Lancashire County Council enables our schools to make the most of these improvements.”