Sheffield schools receive funding boost

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Sheffield’s share of the Government’s Pupil Premium funding – designed to give help to youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds - is to increase to nearly £25 million over the coming academic year.

The city’s share has increased from £6.5 million in 2010 and stood at just over £18 million last year.

The scheme was a key Liberal Democrat policy and is designed to target cash directly towards needy youngsters.

A previous system introduced by Labour directed funding to schools in disadvantaged areas instead.

Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said the goal was to raise standards for all pupils.

The Deputy Prime Minister said: “This week thousands of Sheffield pupils will return to school and I’m delighted they can look forward to this funding boost which will help local children achieve their full potential.”

It is for headteachers to decide how best to use the funds. Schools report publicly on how they are using the money and the progress made, so everyone can see how their local school benefits.

Westways Primary in Crookes used some of the funding to pay for a learning mentor to provide one-to-one support throughout the school day, while Loxley Primary used some of the funding to deliver extra reading support.