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Pupil Premium is helping children in Leeds score better exam results - Greg Mulholland MP

July 16, 2014 10:31 AM

Hundreds of disadvantaged schoolchildren in Leeds are reaping the benefit of the Pupil Premium, Greg Mulholland MP, said today.

Figures show that last year 30.9 per cent of youngsters from poorer backgrounds in Leeds achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade.

This compares to 26.7 per cent in 2012 as payments introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government begin to have a greater impact.

Ofsted said the figures showed headteachers were spending pupil premium more effectively with the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates closing.

Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, said:

"This is further proof Pupil Premium is transforming the chances of pupils across the country and here in Leeds, helping to build a stronger economy and fairer society.

"The Lib Dems are increasing the pupil premium budget to £2.5 billion this year as well as extending the policy to three and four-year-olds.

"The party has already made sure from September all infants will receive free school meals.

"So there can be no doubt the Liberal Democrat's priority lies in helping all pupils achieve their potential."