Extra help for pupils makes a difference

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Extra help for pupils makes a difference Extra help for pupils makes a difference

As a result of the coalition government 'die in the ditch' agreement with the Liberal Democrats, local schools have all benefited on average by an average increase of £212,000 direct funding, over last year, across Waltham Forest.

The new 'pupil premium' is targeted towards one to one help to pupils for all either receiving free school meals or in care ,over the last six years.

In Higham Hill, Roger Ascham,Whittingham and Hilyfields Infants and Primary Schools and William Morris School have received maximum help from the innovatory pupil premium and the total receipts have totalled almost £I million in 2013/14, when including Walthamstow Academy.

Since 2010 all schools in Waltham Forest have received £40 million from the 'pupil premium' funding programme.

The innovatory ways for Connaught School for Girls, in Leytonstone, have spent their £216,000 pupil premium in 2013/14 and all available on their smart new website for parents to inspect.

This new pupil premium at Connaught School for Girls has included, new focus on pupils underachieving, targeted help from a learning mentor, attendance issues under EWO,1-1 tuition in maths/English,year 7 literacy,parental workshops and the extension of existing rewards programmes.

It is clear that local parents and teachers all appreciate that where pupils fall behind in their learning journeys, they know that a sum of pupil premium will help them catch-up, with the extra help and time in their individual curriculum and will make a real difference in achievement.

Patrick C Smith, Higham Hill, Liberal Democrat Focus

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