by jamesbaker on 23 October, 2014
As a regular reader of New Scientist magazine a few issues back I was struck by an article a few issues ago that showed how the inequality arising from poverty sets in at such an early age and is then hard to reverse. The article urged policy makers to focus on early intervention to address inequality, inequality is something that I feel strongly about. I believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to get on in life. In order to do that of course people have to take some responsibility themselves, but they should also get a helping hand up to level the playing field.
The Pupil Premium has been doing just that, giving extra money to the schools that have students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This is targeted funding which is addressing the educational inequality that exists even at a young age between people from wealthy backgrounds and those from poorer backgrounds. In Warley Ward is has been used for thing such as providing extra one to one maths lessons for Children at Halifax High. The great news is that this Pupil Premium is now being extending to cover Early Years Education.
So from April 2015 Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Calderdale are set for a £245,696 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families. This Early Years Pupil Premium which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group – will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start. Here is what some of those groups said about the scheme.
The Government has dramatically improved life for England’s most disadvantaged children today by closing the yawning funding gap for poor 3 and 4 year olds, following years of campaigning by Barnardo’s.- Barnardos
An Early Years Pupil Premium from 2015/16 for disadvantaged three and four year olds is a great move and will be crucial to changing the fact that childcare is often worse quality in poorer areas. This vital injection of funds could really begin to turn round the standard of provision for the most disadvantaged children and an additional £50 million makes an important move in this direction.”- Child Poverty Action Group