Thornton praises Pupil Premium

Mike Thornton (2nd left) with colleagues

Mike Thornton (2nd left) with colleagues

Liberal Democrat candidate for Eastleigh, Mike Thornton today joined campaigners to praise the Pupil Premium, a cash investment in schools to give Eastleigh pupils a fair start in life.

The Liberal Democrat policy has already:

  • Put an extra £1.7m into Eastleigh’s local schools, which targets money at the most disadvantaged children, raising standards for      everyone
  •  Allocated more than £100,000 for catch-up classes for Year 7 pupils in Eastleigh’s local schools

Mike Thornton visited Crestwood College for Business and Enterprise this morning and met with Headteacher Krista Dawkins. The College has benefited from more than £126,500 in extra funding through the Liberal Democrat’s pupil premium and catch up premium.

Conservative Hampshire County Council has caused a crisis in school places, with one in five children not being allocated to their school of choice.

Only Liberal Democrats can be trusted to give every child in Eastleigh a fair start in life.

Commenting, Mike Thornton said:

“So much of a child’s future is decided at school, so it’s essential we do all we can to make sure everyone has a fair start in life.

“We all know children who struggle, but with this money we can help those  in the class who are falling behind to catch-up. This helps the whole class move forward together, faster.

“I’m delighted to be part of the Liberal Democrat team investing almost £2m in Eastleigh schools – schools which did so much for my family.

“As a parent in Eastleigh I know how important this extra funding will be for parents and teachers here.

Original headline: “Mike Thornton praises Pupil Premium investment in Eastleigh schools”

  3 comments for “Thornton praises Pupil Premium

  1. February 13, 2013 at 1:51 am

    What a load of complete tosh.!!

  2. Stuart Jebbitt
    February 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

    All very fine..but what happens when they grow up and want to to university guys? erm…..erm….no comment.

  3. rigel
    February 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    but school budgets have gone down haven’t they – none of this money is given separately it’s all part of the ‘formula’ so it’s taken away by one hand and given by the other – so the politicians can call it ‘extra’ funding – the old wheeze,

    it’s about £900 pound for each kid that gets free school meals and it will last for 6 years even if their parents get a job and they cease to be free school meals children. Instead of the school being able to spend the money how it sees fit it has to spend it to help the poor ‘disadvantaged’ kids specifically

    – Ipad Tyrone ?

    so Ofsted come knocking and the school has to show how it has used the ‘extra’ funding to help narrow the gap , even if there was no gap and that target was being met anyway. Kids who do not get free school meals will have a lot less money spent on them of course, relatively their funding is dropping a great deal , and their parents, who both have jobs and are working their ass off to keep their head above water are getting less for the tax they pay

    – it’s just as accurate to say coalition policy is taking funding away from capable middle class kids to narrow the gap

    This is the race to the bottom

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