Schools given tai­lored sums to close at­tain­ment gap

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Schools across Mon­k­lands are to re­ceive fund­ing of more than £3 mil­lion from this year’s pupil eq­uity fund (PEF) al­lo­ca­tions.

Each pri­mary, sec­ondary and ad­di­tional needs school in Air­drie and Coat­bridge will be given an in­di­vid­u­alised sum from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment scheme, which aims to ad­dress the poverty-re­lated at­tain­ment gap.

The high­est fig­ure across the towns is for St An­drew’s High, which will re­ceive £ 146,880, fol­lowed by Calder­vale on £126,000.

St Ti­mothy’s, Clark­ston and Peters­burn will re­ceive the top pri­mary al­lo­ca­tions in Mon­k­lands, re­spec­tively re­ceiv­ing £102,000; £98,400; and £91,200 for 20182019.

Drumpark Pri­mary will be given £50,400 – the high­est eq­uity fund­ing fig­ure of the six ad­di­tional sup­port needs schools in the area.

PEF money is “spent at the dis­cre­tion of teach­ers and school lead­ers on lo­calised ini­tia­tives”, with last year’s projects in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of ini­tia­tives fo­cus­ing on lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy, health and well­be­ing.

In­di­vid­ual fund­ing al­lo­ca­tions were an­nounced this week by deputy first min­is­ter John Swin­ney – with Mon­k­lands’ pri­maries re­ceiv­ing a grand to­tal of £2.17m, its sec­on­daries shar­ing £ 724,080 and £157,200 go­ing to ASN es­tab­lish­ments.

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