Several schools have been bestowed with cash rewards for their usage of pupil premium funding to help staff in teacher jobs raise attainment levels among their poorer pupils.
Under the pupil premium initiative, the government makes a £900 payment to schools for each of their pupils eligible for free school meals.
The pupil premium awards, held at Mansion House in central London, saw those schools that have made particularly innovative use of this funding receive recognition for their efforts.
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, who handed out the awards, commented: "We've got to do everything we can to reduce the inequalities in our education system.
"I'm determined to help pupils who start school behind other children in their class to catch up."
Longford Park School in Stretford, Pakeman Primary School in Islington, north London and Westminster Academy in central London were national category winners for special, primary and secondary schools respectively, receiving £10,000 each, while the runners up in each category were given £3,000.
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