Duncan has welcomed the biggest ever rise in the Pupil Premium for primary schools to help ensure that more pupils are able to achieve higher standards, announced by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
The Pupil Premium provides schools with extra money to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This will help whole classes move forward faster together.
It will be increased to £1,300 per eligible primary school pupil in 2014/15, up from £900 per child this year. That’s likely to be an extra £526,600 for primary schools in the Chippenham constituency.
Schools will be able to spend this money in ways that they feel helps their pupils best. Evidence shows some schools use it to hire extra staff, reading and maths classes for children who need an extra hand or provide appropriate IT facilities.
“As part of the Liberal Democrats’ aim to build a fairer society, the Coalition Government is putting extra money into primary schools to help teachers support disadvantaged children.”
Speaking in the House of Commons after the announcement, Duncan said:
“I congratulate the Minister on his announcement on the pupil premium. This is another promise from the front cover of the Liberal Democrat manifesto at the last election that we have delivered in government.
“However, not every school I visit has been able to tell me how its pupil premium money is being spent. Does he agree that, if the pupil premium is to deliver on the ambition that we share for it, the parents of all disadvantaged pupils should be told how that money is being spent to help their children?”
Commenting further, Nick Clegg said:
“I am delighted to announce a significant increase in the Pupil Premium at primary level.
“This increase in money for every eligible primary school child will help ensure that all pupils are ready to reach their full potential in secondary school.“This will allow all our children to get the best possible start in life.”