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Cornwall's Disadvantaged Children Get a Cash Boost
9:46am 26th June 2014
Almost 350 thousand pounds is being allocated to help Cornwall's disadvantaged children in school.
Research shows kids from low-income families are up to 19 months behind when they start classes.
The new Early Years Pupil Premium will go to Duchy nurseries to give them a head start.
They will have the freedom to decide how to use the money to help three and four year olds learn and develop, for example more qualified staff or specialists in activities like speech and language.
It is part of £50 million fund aiming to benefit 170 thousand children across the UK.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "Every child deserves the chance to fulfil their potential, and this extra funding is a boost to help our youngest children get on in life and succeed.
"Boys and girls from poorer families have often already fallen nineteen months behind their better off classmates by the time they hang up their coat on the first day of school. Increasing their chances of success has got to be a top priority."
Andrew Wallis is the Lead Member for Children and Families at Cornwall Council.
He is welcoming the news: "Every child deserves the right to fulfil their potential and this funding will enable us to support three and four year olds by building on the support we already provide through helping eligible two year olds receive their free nursery education funding, until they then receive additional support at school.
"Although the pupil premium amount is only likely to consist of a top up amount of 53 pence per hour, we are already committed to supporting vulnerable groups through our new integrated Early Years Strategy. This new initiative will, however, help us to identify the children who will benefit from targeted support in their early years setting and through membership of their local children centre. This will, in turn, support the work we are doing to improve standards in schools by enabling teachers to prepare children for the transition to reception class well in advance."
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