Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Rewarded for Helping the Poorest 'Fulfil Their Dreams': Feature

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Rewarded for Helping the Poorest 'Fulfil Their Dreams': Feature

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Pupil premium success stories receive Pounds 10,000 boost at awards.

Schools in England that are making the best use of pupil premium money to help their poorest students reach their potential were celebrated at an awards ceremony in Westminster this week.

The inaugural Pupil Premium Awards, started by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in collaboration with TES, gave Pounds 10,000 each to the three schools judged to have made the best use of the additional government funding, which aims to help narrow the gap between the richest and poorest students.

The pupil premium gives schools an extra Pounds 900 a year for each student who has received free school meals in the past six years. By 2015, the government will be spending Pounds 2.5 billion a year on the flagship Liberal Democrat policy.

At this week's awards ceremony, Longford Park School in Manchester, Pakeman Primary School in North London and Westminster Academy in West London picked up prizes for their innovative use of the cash.

Mr Clegg said that seeing the impressive work schools are doing with pupil premium money is something that he, as a politician, has "long dreamed of".

"This money is genuinely opening up opportunities for those youngsters who would otherwise be deprived of the chances to fulfil their dreams and potential," Mr Clegg said. "You have no idea how incredibly proud it makes me to see the pupil premium being spent, and so I would like to congratulate you on how well you have done."

Louise Rogers, chief executive of TSL Education, the parent company of TES, said that she was equally happy to back the Pupil Premium Awards because too often the hard work of teachers goes unnoticed.

"TES was really pleased to be able to be part of the pupil premium because we think it is the ultimate enabler that allows people like you to do what you do best," Ms Rogers told the audience.

PUPIL PREMIUM AWARD WINNERS

Special needs school of the year

Longford Park School, Manchester

The special school, for students aged 5-11 who have emotional and behavioural problems, has been spending its pupil premium money on music, which helps students to cope with making mistakes. …

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