Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) has welcomed the news from the Scottish Government that Inverclyde has been announced as one of seven local authorities to receive funding from the £100 million Attainment Scotland Fund. Glasgow, Dundee, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire and North Lanarkshire are the first beneficiaries of the fund, which was announced last week by the First Minister.
Speaking in Parliament, Ms Constance said the funding is targeting local authorities with the highest concentration of pupils living in deprived areas. Ms Constance also announced annual funding of £0.5 million which will support a National Mentoring Scheme to improve the lives of looked after children. The investment is in addition to £10 million funding to back the implementation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
Mr. McMillan said:
“I welcome the announcement from the Scottish Government that Inverclyde is to benefit from funding to support pupils and assist them with obtaining a better education.
“As the Education secretary indicated, the fund will be directed specifically to improve literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing in primary schools.
“Closing the attainment gap is a priority of this SNP Government and I’m sure the funding for Inverclyde will help pupils for when they continue into secondary school and beyond.”
Scottish Government release – http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Attainment-for-all-1609.aspx