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Schools across Crosby set to benefit from more than £2m of Pupil Premium funding

SCHOOLS across Crosby are set to benefit from a share of more than £2m of extra government funding for 2013/14.

A total of £2.16m will be handed to head teachers within the Sefton Central constituency to address inequality and help children from disadvantaged backgrounds through the Pupil Premium scheme.

Schools will receive £900 – up from £600 last year – for each pupil who has registered for free meals in the past six years.

The schools are then able to decide how best to use the funding to benefit pupils’ needs.

Provisional figures estimate there are 2,440 children in Sefton Central who qualify for the funding, placing the area 357th out of the country’s 533 electoral seats in terms of the amount of Pupil Premium cash received.

The funding through the scheme is for pupils from reception up to Year 11, and can be spent in a variety of ways. For example, Holy Family Catholic High School in Thornton – which will pick up a sum of £188,100 this year – said it was using funds to narrow the gap in attainment and achievement for children eligible for free school meals, looked after children and children whose parents are in the armed forces. Some of the cash was spent in employing extra staff to work with intervention groups.

Ursuline Catholic Primary School is set to receive £69,300, making it the highest Pupil Premium recipient out of primary schools in Sefton Central, while Chesterfield High is set to receive the highest level of funding in the area, a total of £287,100.

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