Local schools to benefit from Pupil Equity Funding scheme

The Scottish Government has revealed that several local schools will receive thousands of pounds of funding as part of their Pupil Equity Funding scheme.

Pupil Equity Funding is being allocated to 2,387 schools from the Scottish Government’s £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund in 2018/19.

The money will be spent at the discretion of teachers and school leaders on localised initiatives to close the poverty related attainment gap.

The allocations for each school have been confirmed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney which includes:

  • Canal View Primary School – £230,400
  • Clovenstone Primary School – £94,800
  • Murrayburn Primary School – £114,000
  • Sighthill Primary School – £88,800
  • Wester Hailes Education Centre – £74,520

Mr Swinney said:

Every child should have the best possible start in life, no matter their background. Schools have a significant role to play in ensuring every child is given the right support to help them achieve their full potential.

Our priority is to close the poverty-related attainment gap. This £120 million of Pupil Equity Funding is aimed at doing just that.

The funding is targeted towards schools who have the highest numbers of pupils receiving free school meals, so that the money is spent on the children who need it most.

Last year’s allocation is already making a big impact. I have visited a number of schools up and down the country where this funding has empowered teachers to put in place creative new initiatives that are tackling the attainment gap in their schools right now.

I hope this second round of funding will help schools to build on that progress, supported by our reforms to education that will raise standards for all and put excellence and equity at the heart of Scottish education.

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