Schools given tailored sums to close attainment gap
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.