£11m funding to help deprived youngsters

. L-R: Aubrey Read, Paul Millington and Coun Colin Ross after refusal of planning application for 135 Dore Road.
. L-R: Aubrey Read, Paul Millington and Coun Colin Ross after refusal of planning application for 135 Dore Road.
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Sheffield primary schools look set to benefit from an additional £11 million this year through the Government’s Pupil Premium scheme.

The pupil premium, which will be worth £10.9 million for Sheffield primary schools in 2013/14, is targeted to help schools support the most disadvantaged pupils – on top of their normal budgets.

Sheffield’s payment is due to rise to £15.7 million for its primary schools in 2014/15.

Coun Colin Ross, Sheffield Council’s Liberal Democrat education spokesman, said: “I’m delighted that Liberal Democrats in coalition have secured yet more investment through the pupil premium, which is targeted at supporting the most disadvantaged pupils.

“The attainment gap facing the poorest pupils in our city cannot be justified – and this massive investment will give headteachers the freedom to help those children as they see best.”

But ruling Labour councillors said the money had been taken from elsewhere in the education budget.

Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore, said: “We know that this is not additional money for schools.

“Some 77 per cent of primary schools saw their total budgets fall between 2011/12 and 2012/13, according to the Department for Education.