On the 11th of December the Schools Minister David Laws congratulated children and teachers following news that primary school children are improving in every subject and that disadvantaged pupils continue to close the gap on their peers. This is in part testament to the Liberal Democrats’ £2.5 billion Pupil Premium, which helps the most disadvantaged pupils through extra funding.
In other good news for young people this week, Vince Cable proudly introduced our two millionth apprentice, Paige McConville. Vince explained: “One of my key priorities when I started as Business Secretary almost five years ago was for any young person to have two equally attractive routes to a rewarding career – by going to university or doing an apprenticeship. We’re now well on our way to achieving those ambitions, for which I thank all the businesses and colleges involved, and all those individuals like Paige who are taking control of their futures by becoming apprentices.”