Schools to get more than £2m this year

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Eight schools across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are to ben­e­fit from the next round of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s At­tain­ment Chal­lenge.

The gov­ern­ment con­firmed this week that £2.02 mil­lion would be spent in schools across South La­nark­shire that have a high pro­por­tion of chil­dren living in poverty. James Ai­ton Pri­mary School in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen’s Burgh, Cathkin, Loch, and St Mark’s pri­maries have all been iden­ti­fied un­der the gov­ern­ment’s 2017/18 schools pro­gramme.

The area’s three sec­ondary schools – Trin­ity, Stonelaw and Cathkin – are also to ben­e­fit from the fund.

The money – which still has to be an­nounced for each in­di­vid­ual school – will be spent on ini­tia­tives de­signed to close the at­tain­ment gap be­tween these chil­dren and their coun­ter­parts from more af­flu­ent ar­eas.

Clare Haughey, MSP for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, said: “This lat­est round of fund­ing will en­sure that schools where the need is great­est have sub­stan­tial ad­di­tional fund­ing for the com­ing year to im­prove lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy and health and well-being. I’m de­lighted that schools in South La­nark­shire are ben­e­fit­ting from this fund­ing, which is tar­geted to im­prove the life chances of chil­dren and young peo­ple in Scot­land.”

The fund­ing is in ad­di­tion to £120m Pupil Equity Fund which sees head teach­ers al­lo­cated ex­tra cash to spend at their dis­cre­tion on ad­di­tional staffing or re­sources they con­sider will help re­duce the poverty-re­lated at­tain­ment gap.

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