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Cash for disadvantaged children precedes education secretary's visit

Wednesday, 19th October 2011.

Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in Haverhill will benefit from the new pupil premiums announced by education secretary Michael Gove, who will be visiting the town on Friday.

Each child eligible for free school meals nationally will attract an extra £488 for their school's funding, which is to be spent on improving their opportunities in education.

It means several Haverhill schools will be receiving thousands of pounds extra, and has been welcomed by the town's MP Matthew Hancock.

He said “I welcome today’s timely announcement of increased resources for less well off pupils –including £500,000 for West Suffolk.

"Ahead of Michael Gove’s visit to Suffolk on Friday, I welcome this support from the Government for the most disadvantaged children.

"It is vital that schools in Suffolk are able to give as much support as possible to children from disadvantaged backgrounds so that they flourish at school.

"This increase in funding will make a real difference to the education of each of the 1,650 children eligible for the pupil premium.

“I am very proud of West Suffolk’s schools, which are improving all the time under excellent leadership.

"This will be a further boost, and I am glad that they will now have more resources to help make sure that no pupil struggles because of his or her background.”

Among the schools in west Suffolk receiving the most will be those in Haverhill's Castle Partnership - Castle Manor, Castle Hill and Place Farm, who will get over £66,000 between them - while those in the Samuel Ward Academy group will receive nearly £50,000.

Mr Gove visits both senior schools during his time in Haverhill on Friday. Mr Hancock invited him to come and see the successes of Haverhill's school system in action.

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