SCHOOLS in Southport will be boosted by just under £2m of extra government funding for the 2013-14 academic year.
A total of £1.87m will be given to headteachers across our town under the Pupil Premium scheme.
The grants will be used to help schools address inequality and help children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals during the last six years.
The funding is for pupils from reception up to Year 11, and can be spent in a variety of ways. For instance, Larkfield Primary received £29,800 for 2012-13 and used it to fund extra teaching assistant support; extra teacher time for small group and individual support; resources; pupil mentoring and access to extra-curricular and residential activities.
Provisional figures estimate there are 2,110 children in Southport who qualify for the funding, placing the area 417th out of the country’s 533 electoral seats in terms of amount of funding received.
Neighbouring schools in West Lancashire will receive £2.97m, South Ribble £1.93m, and Sefton Central £2.15m.
Meols Cop High is expected to receive the most money in Southport for 2013-14, with a preliminary allocation of £196,200. Linaker Primary School is likely to receive £135,900, making it the highest Pupil Premium recipient out of primary schools in Southport.
Cllr Haydn Preece, the Liberal Democrats’ education spokesman, said: “For too long, social background has been a deciding factor in a child’s chances for the future. This money does not just help the poorest children, it helps every child. Fewer children falling behind means a better education for everyone.”