David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed new figures which show that around 4,610 children living in Bexley will receive more support through the Government’s pupil premium.
£1,978,000 will be provided by the Government to local schools to provide extra assistance such as one-to-one tuition and additional pastoral care for children in the Borough.
From April 2011, the pupil premium will be worth £430 for every pupil on Free School Meals, £430 for every looked-after child, and £200 for every child who has a parent in the armed services.
Mr Evennett said “I am pleased that the Government is delivering their promise to fund a pupil premium, providing crucial support for disadvantaged children in Bexleyheath and Crayford.
“I believe that the Government’s schools reforms – enabling more schools to seek academy status, letting parents, charities and other groups set up free schools, paying a pupil premium, giving powers to Headteachers to improve school discipline and reducing bureaucracy – will help drive up standards and improve education for all”.