Schools attainment on the rise


The head teacher of a local school has made great use of extra money provided to help children from least well off families.

Ali Marsh from Botley Primary School said she had received £84,000 this year, which had been spent wisely on extra home/school community link workers and a mobile library so the pupils could read at home.

The Liberal Democrat’s Pupil Premium has provide £2.5 billion of extra funding to help the most disadvantaged pupils.

Ms Marsh said the school had really seen the benefits of the funding.

 “All groups of our children in their SATs results last year did incredibly well, we’re very, very proud of them,” she added.

Recent research shows that attainment in primary schools has risen in every subject and disadvantaged pupils continue to close the gap on their peers.

The results for more than half a million 11-year-olds demonstrates the percentage achieving the expected level in reading, writing and maths has risen to 79 per cent.

Conservative cuts jeapordise gains

Sadly, the Conservatives have committed themselves to cutting school budgets by 10% during the next parliament.

Oxford-based teacher, Layla Moran, said this was the reason she was determined to take back the ultra marginal constituency on 7 May.

She said: “I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved in government but there is so much more to do.

“I am simply not prepared to stand by and allow these hard fought achievements to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers to be squandered by Tory cuts.

“The Liberal Democrats are committed to protecting cradle to college education spending.

“We have pledged to help schools do more and are committed to increase the pupil premium they receive per pupil to £1,300 so they have the resources they need.

“I sincerely believe education is crucial in building a stronger economy and a fairer society - one where every child has the opportunity to get on in life.”


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