Croydon schools to get almost £500,000 extra funding from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's pupil premium for disadvantaged pupils

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has introduced a pupil premium for disadvantaged pupils

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has introduced a pupil premium for disadvantaged pupils

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Croydon schools are to be given almost half a million pounds in extra funding to help them support children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has introduced the pupil premium as studies show children from less well-off families often fall behind before they reach school age.

Croydon is being given £494,343 so schools can provide intensive support, extra tutoring or other activities to help them catch up with their peers.

Mr Clegg said: "In a modern, fair society I want every child to have the best opportunity to get on in life, regardless of their background.

"That’s why I introduced the pupil premium - extra money for schools to support each student from a disadvantaged background to make sure that they catch up with others in their class."

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