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£400,000 will be shared among disadvantaged Otley and Yeadon children
9:00am Monday 21st January 2013 in Local news
Schools in Otley and Yeadon are to receive more than £400,000 to help pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The money, an increase in the Government’s pupil premium, is part of a £1.75m rise across Leeds North West agreed under the Schools Funding Settlement for 2013 to 2014.
The funding aims to target extra resources at those most in need to reduce inequality in educational performance.
The premium has been increased to £900 for any pupil who has been registered for free school meals in the past six years, which ward councillors say equates to an extra £405,000 for Otley & Yeadon.
Councillor Colin Campbell said: “I am very pleased this money has been allocated for disadvantaged pupils at Otley and Yeadon schools.
“This important coalition Government initiative will help ensure every child has the opportunity to get ahead at school, and make sure children are not disadvantaged simply because of their social background.
“The funding gives schools the chance to decide how the money should be spent, allowing teachers to set priorities.
“Fewer children falling behind at school means less disruption in class, and this creates a better education environment.”