Schools in north Northumberland are to receive over £500,000 on top of their existing budget thanks to the Government’s Pupil Premium.
Berwick Academy and Tweedmouth Middle School will both get over £100,000 each in 2013/14, while Berwick Middle gets £66,300. Prior Park First School gets £54,900, while Spittal First School gets £33,900.
The Pupil Premium provides schools with extra money to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Coun Gregah Roughead, who until recently attended Berwick Academy, said: “I know from my time at Berwick Academy that the teachers are doing a good job but there is a real need for investment in the school’s buildings.
“I’m glad that Berwick will be getting half a million pounds extra for its schools. That money will make a really big difference to the life chances of a lot of children growing up in the town.”
Funding: Seahouses 1st £9,900, Ellingham £5,700, Seahouses Middle £13,500, St Mary’s Middle £19,800, Belford 1st £9,900; Wooler 1st £28,200, Glendale Middle, £18,900, Holy Trinity £14,100, St Mary’s 1st £26,700, Grove £9,000, St Cuthbert’s £15,300, Tweedmouth West £21,000, Norham £10,800, Ford £6,300, Scremerston £14,400, Lowick & Holy Island £1,800.
Schools Minister, David Laws said: “The Pupil Premium helps to provide extra support for the children who need it the most.
“Helping the most disadvantaged children helps every child. Fewer children falling behind means less disruption in class and a better education for everyone.
“This will allow all our children to get the best possible start in life.”
Schools will be able to spend this money in ways that they feel helps their pupils best. Evidence shows some schools use it to offer reading and maths classes for children who need an extra hand or to provide IT facilities.
In 2014/15 the Pupil Premium will be increased to £1,300 per eligible primary school pupil, up from £900 per child this year.