Nick Clegg gives two hoots

Nick Clegg MP reads to Oxford school childrenWhat made Nick Clegg hoot on Friday in Oxford?

Answer: the Pupil Premium – £2.5 billion of extra money to help school pupils from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

On the latest visit in his regional summmer tour, Nick Clegg visited a primary school in Oxford to read to children and publicise the Pupil Premium.

From ITV Meridian Tonight:

Nick Clegg hooted like an owl today and told a group of children he wished he’d turned up in his pyjamas. All in a day’s work for a Deputy Prime Minister visiting Cutteslowe Primary School in Oxford to extol the virtues of the Government’s pupil premium scheme.

It’s one of those Lib Dem policies – he says he started talking about it a decade ago – which he wants his party to get the credit for, as their opinion poll ratings hover around 8 to 10 per cent.

Watch the video (contains hooting) of Nick’s primary school visit, as well as his public Q&A session in Abingdon.

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  • Tony Dawson 2nd Jul '12 - 4:03pm

    “the Pupil Premium – £2.5 billion of extra money to help school pupils from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.”

    Actually £2.5 billion to help the schools where pupils from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are enrolled. A very different kettle of fish. Which pupils (or staff) benefit or don’t is entirely in the hands of the head Teachers and governors

  • Sarah Jennie 3rd Jul '12 - 12:53am

    I think the teachers will know better on how the money would be best spent on their own pupils, rather than a stuffy office in Whitehall.

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