Thursday, 17 July 2014

Pupil Premium is helping children in Wokingham

Clive Jones Lib Dem PPC says " The Pupil
Premium is transforming the chances of
pupils across the country"
Pupil Premium is helping children in Wokingham score better exam results.

Hundreds of disadvantaged schoolchildren in Wokingham are reaping the benefit of the Pupil Premium, Clive Jones said today.

Figures show that last year 31.00% of youngsters from poorer backgrounds in Wokingham achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade.

This compares to 26.2% in 2012 as payments introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government begin to have a greater impact.

Sadly Wokingham is still way behind the National level of 37.9% but our schools are improving.

Ofsted said the figures showed headteachers were spending pupil premium more effectively with the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates closing.

Liberal Democrat PPC for Wokingham Clive Jones 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.

“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.

"Secondary Schools in the Wokingham Parliamentary constituency received Pupil premium money of over £550,000 in the year 2013-14.

“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.

"This would not have happened without the Liberal Democrats being in government"