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Schools minister David Laws has announced funding to help train teachers working in deprived parts of the country, including Blakpool.

Schools minister David Laws has announced funding to help train teachers working in deprived parts of the country, including Blakpool.

Blackpool is among the areas set to profit from a £7.4m investment to raise teaching standards in deprived parts of the country.

The government says the money will help 160,000 pupils aged five to 11 across the UK over the next four years.

The Teaching Leaders Primary scheme will see primary school teachers already working in challenging schools put through a rigorous two-year course to help develop their skills.

Manchester, Birmingham, London, Hull and Norfolk were all named alongside Blackpool as places where the money will be put to use, enabling teachers to get the most from pupils.

Schools minister David Laws said: “Outstanding leadership is crucial in getting the most from pupils, and we know that this is increasingly important in primary schools. This funding will allow Teaching Leaders to expand their success with promising teachers in secondary schools to those at primary level.”

James Toop, CEO of Teaching Leaders, said: “This funding means we can work with middle leaders in the primary phase to address the achievement gap earlier in a child’s education.”

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