Sheffield schools win cash for raising attainment of disadvantaged students

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Two Sheffield schools have been awarded £5,000 each in recognition of the work they have done to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

Tapton School and Sheffield Park Academy qualified for the cash boost following publication of their Key Stage 4 results last week.

The schools were among 11 in Yorkshire and the Humber to win the cash and will now be invited to apply for prizes worth up to £250,000.

Final prizes will be awarded at a ceremony hosted by Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg in March.

The Pupil Premium Awards reward schools which are able to provide evidence of effective strategies to improve the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and show sustained improvement in raising their attainment.

Schools Minister David Laws said: “I would encourage all of the secondary schools in Yorkshire and the Humber which have received a prize to share their successful approach with other schools so they can learn from their experience.

“I hope all schools will continue to learn from this excellent practice and ensure they are using their pupil premium effectively.”