Extra Millions for Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton Schools
Posted By: Wera Hobhouse
Date Posted: 13/12/2010
I welcome the announcement that Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton schools will receive around £3.3 million extra funding next year thanks to Liberal Democrat plans for a ‘pupil premium’.
The coalition government has announced the details of the policy, which was one of the Liberal Democrat’s four main pledges at the general election. A total of £625 million will be invested in the policy in 2011/12, rising to a total of £2.5 billion by 2014/15.
Under the policy, money is targeted at the poorest students in order to close the attainment gap between children. In countries that have adopted a similar system, the policy has dramatically reduced the link between family income and educational achievement.
Investing extra money in schools was a key policy that I and other Liberal Democrats campaigned on in this year’s election. I am delighted that Liberal Democrat ministers in government are now delivering this policy.
As a result of this extra investment, Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton schools will receive an additional £3.3 million next year, and around £13 million extra a year by 2014. This will make a real difference to schools in this borough.
At a time of financial difficulty, this government has been able to prioritise schools, protecting the schools budget in cash terms from cuts and freezing salaries so that money goes further, as well as targeting this extra money where it is most needed.
The Liberal Democrats were clear from the outset that protecting and improving our schools would be a key aim in government – without that Liberal Democrats presence, this simply would not be happening.
As of January 2010 there were 7,714 pupils between reception and year 11 receiving free school meals in the Rochdale Borough.
The pupil premium will be worth £430 per pupil on free school meals in 2011/12, rising to approximately £1700 per pupil by 2014/15.
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