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Lib Dem Pupil Premium important for Salmestone Primary School

April 27, 2015 12:53 PM
George Cunningham with pupils of Salmestone Primary School

George with pupils of Salmestone Primary School

The signature Lib Dem Pupil Premium policy has given "thousands and thousands of pounds" of additional money to Salmestone Primary School, making all the difference.

This distinct praise from meetings at the school came during the visit of Thanet North Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate, George Cunningham, this week.

During coalition government, the Liberal Democrats introduced a £2.5bn pupil premium," Cunningham explained. "This was to get extra money to children who need the most help and at an early stage. We have also introduced free school meals for the under 7s and expanded free nursery places to cut the cost of childcare."

"We plan to build on that success, as outlined in out manifesto," he continued. "Protection of the education budget from nursery to 19 - including early years, schools and 16-19 education - is paramount."

But he warned, "Our education system is at risk with Conservative plans to cut public services. We have always insisted on protecting school budgets. Without us, that protection would evaporate."

George Cunningham was visiting the school with Lib Dem District Council Candidate John Finnegan in a response to a letter sent by an 11-year old pupil inviting him to speak to a class of students about the general election.