Liverpool city council has rewarded thousands of its sixth-form students at a cost of #163;750,000 for staying on after their GCSEs. The local authority has agreed to give stationery packs worth #163;60 each to 12,000 students. Warren Bradley, council leader, said that the cash would help parents in a time of recession.
"It's crucial for Liverpool's future that we have highly skilled and well-qualified young people," he said. "We have to make sure they have the equipment they need and that the cost of learning materials does not discourage them from continuing their studies.
"This scheme will provide sixth-formers with a real boost. It's about making sure that no student is held back at school and that everyone is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
"Tough economic times can really impact on students at the very time when it's more important than ever that they complete their studies and get the skills they need. This pack will help them on their way in this important stage of their education." RV.