£37.9 million present for county schools

The money given to schools to help children from poorer backgrounds is set to rise again, it has been announced.

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The Pupil Premium - aimed at providing extra money to support youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds - is expected to increase in Hampshire to £37,961,000 in September 2014, with schools in Mr Thornton's Eastleigh constituency set to receive an extra £2.7 million.

The announcement came after new figures also revealed the attainment gap between children eligible for Free School Meals and their peers continued to narrow.

Mike Thornton MP, pictured at Bursledon Infant School which is set to receive £76,700 pupil premium fund in September 2014, said:

"The Pupil Premium is working and standards are improving at schools across the country as the attainment gap narrows between the poorest pupils and their wealthier peers.

"It is one of a number of Liberal Democrat polices, including the introduction of free school meals, which is aimed at helping all children improve in class.

"We believe it is crucial for a fairer society that every school pupil has a good start, where success or failure is not determined by the income of his or her parents."

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