MP Annette Brooke visited Rushcombe First School in Corfe Mullen early this week to see the excellent work being done by the staff and pupils. She was particularly impressed with an Iron Age project, which incorporated the efforts of all age groups, and said that she thought the school was a “very impressive learning environment.”
During discussions with Rushcombe’s head teacher and its chair of governors, concerns were raised that the school was receiving less in Pupil Premium than others in the area.
Annette raised her concerns during Education Oral Questions in the House of Commons that afternoon, asking the Minister for Schools David Laws what advice he would give to governors of a school which has a low take up of free school meals and therefore is in receipt of less Pupil Premium than others in the area.
The Minister said that Annette made a powerful point. He added that the department had recently put out information showing the great range in the take-up of free school meals and advice on how schools should seek to raise that figure.
The Government’s Pupil Premium is set to rise to £1.8 billion in 2013-14, with schools attracting £900 per disadvantaged child.