Yeovil MP David Laws delivers first speech as a minister at Liberal Democrat conference
The pupil premium for school pupils from poor backgrounds will rise from £600 to £900, David Laws announced at Brighton.
The Yeovil MP was making his first speech as a government Minister at a Liberal Democrat conference.
The Schools Minister responded to a report by the education watchdog Ofsted last week that the cash was not working the way it was intended – to help disadvantaged youngsters catch up.
Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said there was a real concern the money was just being used to plug the gap in school budgets.
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Mr Laws said the pupil premium, which is for those eligible for free school meals and children in care, now covered more than a quarter ofall pupils.
It had risen from £488 per child in the first year to £600 last year, and would be £900 next year.
He urged parents, teachers and governors to monitor the way schools used the money to ensure it was delivering results.
“I will hold schools to account – they must use the pupil premium money to help disadvantaged pupils to catch up, and you can help make this happen."
Mr Laws also announced £100 million of extra funding to pay for summer schools for disadvantaged children, to help them when they switch from primary to secondary schools.