London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has welcomed the additional money that will be spent in London schools on children from deprived backgrounds.
In London 374 750 pupils are expected to be eligible meaning that our schools are set to benefit from an extra £224586000 to support disadvantaged pupils.
The Pupil Premium will be extending its reach to cover any child that has been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the past six years. For 2012-13 the Premium will be worth £1.25 billion in total.
These are England's most disadvantaged pupils and they are set to benefit from £600 each after the Department for Education announced next year's Pupil Premium will increase by £112 for each pupil.