FUNDING to help deprived youngsters in Sheffield schools is rising by almost £7 million over the next year.
During 2012/13, schools in the city are receiving a total of £11.4 million under the Pupil Premium but the grant is to rise to £18.1m next year.
The pupil premium, introduced by Liberal Democrats in Government, provides extra cash for each disadvantaged pupil, including those on free school meals and in care.
The huge increase for Sheffield is because the payments are being increased from £600 to £900 per pupil and more youngsters are qualifying.
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP, said: “For too long, social background has been a deciding factor in a child’s chances for the future. I am proud that we are helping every child in Sheffield to reach their full potential.
“This money does not just help the poorest children, it helps every child. Fewer children falling behind means less disruption in class and a better education for everyone.”
But ruling Labour councillors in Sheffield say the money is coming from cuts to other areas of public spending.