Fairness premium

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that in the Spending Review the government will provide extra funds – a total of over £7 billion over the spending review period – for a “fairness premium”. This will stretch from the age of two to the age of twenty, in order to give the poorest children a better start in life. The “fairness premium” will come in three parts: disadvantaged two year-olds will have an entitlement to 15 hours a week of pre-school education; a Pupil Premium will help poorer pupils wherever they live in the country; and a “student premium” for the least advantaged students will be created. The student premium will represent a commitment of at least £150 million a year by the end of the spending review period, in order to remove the obstacles to aspiration that hold back bright boys and girls from deprived backgrounds.


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