£20.19million boost for disadvantaged students in Southwark

Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Southwark are set to receive over £20 million to boost their chances of success.

The special funding for 2015/16, made possible by Liberal Democrats in government, will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their classmates.

It means primary schools in Southwark will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

Evidence shows that better performance by the end of primary schools has a direct impact on future exam results.

Every child should be able to reach their full potential, whatever their background.

This special funding will get extra money to schools in Southwark, targeted at the children who need it most. The whole class benefits when fewer children are struggling.

Teachers in Southwark do a great job, and I can't wait to see how they use this additional funding to help all our children and young people succeed.