Extra money for less well-off students is helping students in Southwark score higher exam results
Figures released by Ofsted show that last year 60.1% of youngsters from poorer backgrounds in Southwark achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade. This compares to 51.7% in 2012 as payments introduced by the Liberal Democrats are beginning to have a greater impact.
Schools and headteachers are using the money in creative ways to help the students who need support the most, and this is paying dividends on their exam results.
Giving schools around an extra £1000 for each of their pupils from a low income household is helping teachers go that extra mile to give all our young people the greatest chance of success. Improving education is the key that opens up greater opportunities throughout life so we will again increase the amount of extra funding for poorer youngsters for the next academic year.