Schools in Inverclyde will benefit from a £2,450,400 funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools, it has been revealed.
The share each school is due to receive from the Scottish Government’s new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund has been revealed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.
20 primaries, 6 secondaries and 1 special school across Inverclyde are set to receive additional support worth thousands of pounds, benefiting 2,042 Inverclyde students.
It will be up to teachers and school leaders to decide the best way of using the funding to close the poverty related attainment gap in their schools.
Welcoming the announcement, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“Every child in Scotland should have the best possible start in life, and it is unacceptable for children from the poorest backgrounds to have their chances limited by circumstances outside their control.
“The SNP in government has made closing the poverty-related attainment gap our number one priority, and our new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund is aimed at doing just that – supporting twenty-seven schools in Inverclyde.
“Nearly £2.5 million will directly benefit over 2,000 pupils in Inverclyde. At schools in areas of deprivation across the country, teachers are already developing innovative approaches to improving literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing.
“This new announcement will let parents, teachers and school leaders in Inverclyde see how much funding they can expect to drive up standards and tackle the inter-generational cycle of deprivation in their school.”