Pupil Premium change will hit disadvantaged children hardest

Responding to reports that a shift in eligibility dates means many children will not benefit from pupil premium funding, Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Education, Daisy Cooper MP, said: “Once again, disadvantaged school pupils are set to lose out as the Tories prioritise penny pinching over proper support.

Daisy Cooper MP

“This was raised by the Liberal Democrats weeks ago and I even wrote Gavin Williamson a letter to outline what a serious issue this was.

“It is shocking and disappointing nothing has been done in the meantime.

“By moving the goalposts on the entitlement criteria for the ‘Pupil Premium’, thousands of children whose parents have become unemployed between October and January will not get the crucial support they need.

“Schools also stand to suffer because of this unnecessary move, forcing an additional financial burden onto them.

“Liberal Democrats introduced the Pupil Premium because we know how vital it is to target support to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

“The Conservative Government must urgently rethink this decision or they run the risk of more disadvantaged children falling behind.”

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