£26.8 million boost for disadvantaged Surrey pupils

Lib Dems in government have announced disadvantaged primary school pupils in Surrey are going to receive £26.8 million to boost attainment.

This is an increase in pupil premium funding for 2015/16 which will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their classmates.

So every primary school in Surrey, like Queen Eleanor’s in Onslow, will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

This was a key Lib Dem policy in our 2010 general election manifesto and the evidence shows raising the attainment of pupils by the end of primary schools has a direct impact on future exam results.

As Kelly-Marie Blundell, our Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Guildford, says:

“Every child should be able to reach their full potential, whatever their background.

“The pupil premium will get extra money to schools in Surrey, targeted at the children who need it most.  The whole class benefits when fewer children are struggling.

“Teachers in Surrey do a great job, and I can’t wait to see how they use this additional funding to help all our children and young people succeed.”