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Teachers urged to spend pupil premium funds
10:20am Monday 16th September 2013 in Headlines
SCHOOLS in Oxfordshire are urged to make use of pupil premium funding to help the most disadvantaged children.
County schools are due to receive about £7.2m this school year in funding for those eligible for the premium, which includes those from families on means-tested benefits.
Schools receive a flat rate of £900 per pupil, which is set to rise to £1,300 next year.
Liberal Democrat education spokesman on Oxfordshire County Council Prof John Howson said some schools would gain thousands more pounds.
Windale Primary School, in Blackbird Leys, is due to receive £111,900; East Oxford Primary stands to gain £116,100; Oxford Spires Academy is in line for £232,050 and Oxford Academy is set to receive £348,600.
Prof Howson said: “This programme helps to ensure scarce resources are targeted where they are most needed.”
He urged schools to spend the money rather than stockpiling it, and called for all parents eligible for free school meals to ensure they were registered to allow schools to claim the maximum amounts.
He said: “This cash is for spending, not hoarding.”
Every school in Oxfordshire will receive some money dependent on the number of pupils eligible.
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