Fund­ing boost for Ar­ran schools

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Schools on Ar­ran and across North Ayr­shire will re­ceive nearly £5 mil­lion in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-re­lated at­tain­ment gap, the SNP gov­ern­ment has an­nounced.

More than £45 mil­lion of ded­i­cated fund­ing is be­ing pro­vided to pri­mary and sec­ondary schools across Scot­land in 2017/18 to help pupils from low-in­come back­grounds suc­ceed at school.

The Scot­tish at­tain­ment chal­lenge pri­ori­tises im­prove­ments in lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy, health and well­be­ing of chil­dren ad­versely af­fected by poverty in Scot­land’s pri­mary and sec­ondary schools. This fund­ing takes the chal­lenge author­i­ties and schools pro­gramme into its third suc­ces­sive year.

Nine lo­cal author­i­ties and an ad­di­tional 72 in­di­vid­ual schools have been al­lo­cated fund­ing from the Scot­tish at­tain­ment chal­lenge, for ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives and pro­jects tar­get­ing Scot­land’s most de­prived chil­dren.

Com­ment­ing, Ar­ran’s MSP Ken­neth Gib­son said: ‘Im­prov­ing the ed­u­ca­tion and life chances of our chil­dren and young peo­ple is the defin­ing mis­sion of the SNP Gov­ern­ment.

‘This fund­ing of £4,874,620 has been pro­vided to North Ayr­shire Coun­cil and is in ad­di­tion to the £4,392,000 that has been al­lo­cated di­rectly to school head teach­ers in North Ayr­shire this year through the pupil eq­uity fund, which goes to ev­ery school based on the num­ber of pupils el­i­gi­ble for free school meals.

‘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, health and well-be­ing.

‘I’m de­lighted that schools in Ar­ran and the rest of North Ayr­shire will ben­e­fit from this fund­ing, tar­geted to im­prove the life chances of chil­dren and young peo­ple in Scot­land.’

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