I was delighted today when an email from Sarah Teather MP dropped into my inbox. Now Liberal Democrat members do get a number of emails from Lib Dem ministers however today's announcement was really well done in terms of communication and content,
The email gave specific information about the schools in Southport which are set to get an extra £677,000 from the Pupil Premium to improve the education of the most disadvantaged children. This basically translates to an extra £488 for each child on free school meals in the town.
You can find out what each school in Sefton is getting by clicking here.
As the email from Sarah says this is a real milestone for our party. The Pupil Premium is a policy we devised and campaigned for, and put at the heart of our Coalition negotiations. Now it is more than good policy, it is a reality making a difference to the school down your road. It goes directly into classrooms and will benefit all pupils.
And as chair of the Finance Committee at Marshside Primary School I have to say I am delighted with the increase.