Schools in Croydon are to receive additional money after the Government unveiled plans to address an imbalance in funding.

The borough will get an extra £278 a year per pupil under the proposals, announced by schools minister David Laws on Thursday following a consultation on fairer funding.

Croydon will receive £12.7m extra in total, a share of an additional £390m to be paid out to 69 areas of England.

Schools will receive at least £4,454 for the most deprived primary-age pupils in primary schools, rising to £5,820 in key stage 3 and £6,372 in key stage 4.

Mr Laws acknowledged there was an "overwhelming consensus" that areas such as Croydon were being short-changed.

He said: "Today’s announcement of an additional £390 million increase in funding will make a real difference on the ground in the least fairly funded local areas, without creating instability and uncertainty in other local areas."

A spokesman for Croydon Council said: "The council welcomes the government’s announcement as a very positive step in the right direction to help future funding regimes better reflect local levels of deprivation.

"The provision of this additional money into the budget for maintained schools in Croydon will enable them to further strengthen their provision.

This will help ensure all children make as much progress as they can and members of the schools forum will be discussing the weighting between different schools during the autumn term.”