Pupil Premium increase sees 5,500 Merton children benefit

Sarah Teather MP

Sarah Teather, the Children’s Minister and Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central, has announced the Pupil Premium will increase to £600 per pupil in 2012 from the current level of £488.  Under the scheme, which provides schools with additional funding for each pupil eligible for Free School Meals in the past six years, approximately 5,500 children in Merton will benefit.

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500 free nursery places in Merton

Sarah Teather MP

In November, Liberal Democrat ministers published plans to extend the 15 free hours of nursery a week to 250,000 two-year-olds from the households with the lowest incomes.

Merton Liberal Democrats are delighted that approximately 500 children across Merton are expected to benefit and, by giving this help to children from the poorest backgrounds in our area, will benefit them for years to come.

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