MSP Alex Neil

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

North La­nark­shire’s 156 schools will re­ceive a com­bined to­tal of £8.8m, with al­lo­ca­tions be­ing based on the num­ber of pupils from Pri­mary One to S3 who are el­i­gi­ble and reg­is­tered for free school meals.

Alex Neil, the Air­drie & Shotts MSP, said: “Even more of our chil­dren are go­ing to ben­e­fit from cre­ative new ini­tia­tives that will help to tackle the at­tain­ment gap in our schools.

“It’s right that this sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment to close the poverty-re­lated at­tain­ment gap goes straight to head teach­ers – giv­ing those with the most in­ti­mate knowl­edge of their schools the abil­ity to de­velop ini­tia­tives to ben­e­fit chil­dren.

“This in­vest­ment is a key part of clos­ing the at­tain­ment gap. Ev­ery child should have the best pos­si­ble start, and the role that schools play in giv­ing them the sup­port they need is ab­so­lutely vi­tal.”

Mr Swin­ney added: “Last year’s al­lo­ca­tion is al­ready mak­ing a big im­pact and I hope this se­cond round of fund­ing will help schools to build on that progress.”

Is­abelle Boyd, who is North La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s as­sis­tant chief ex­ec­u­tive for ed­u­ca­tion, skills and youth em­ploy­ment, said: “Our PEF al­lo­ca­tion for the com­ing year is more than £8.5m, a sim­i­lar fig­ure to last year.

“Schools will be­gin spend­ing this year’s al­lo­ca­tion from April 1, fol­low­ing a se­ries of con­fer­ences held by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March.

“A wide range of in­ter­ven­tions have al­ready been de­liv­ered by schools from last year’s al­lo­ca­tion to tar­get re­sources and bet­ter meet the needs of vul­ner­a­ble pupils in their care, as well as projects pro­mot­ing lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy and health and well­be­ing.”

Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney an­nounced the fi­nance al­lo­ca­tions this week

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