Schools in Inverclyde will receive an additional £3.1 million in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, the Scottish Government announced this week.
More than £45 million of dedicated funding will be 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 is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related attainment gap.
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.
Education Minister John Swinney made the announcement during a visit to Newark Primary School Holiday Club in Port Glasgow where a range of opportunities for families to learn and play together over the school holidays has been made possible by previous Scottish Attainment Challenge funding.
“Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of this government. Central to this is the Scottish Attainment Challenge, which is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap by supporting hundreds of schools develop approaches to improve literacy, numeracy and health and well-being.
“During my visit to Newark Primary School I was able to see first-hand the very real benefit this funding is having on children and young people, their families and the wider community. Today’s announcement ensures local authorities and individual schools where the need is greatest have substantial additional funding for the coming year to tailor their plans based on their own circumstances.
Commenting, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of the SNP in government.
“The Scottish Government are providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap – and schools in Inverclyde will benefit to the tune of £3.1 million this year through our Attainment Challenge.
“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 Inverclyde are benefitting from this funding, which is targeted to improve the life chances of children and young people in Scotland.”
Inverclyde SNP Health & Social Care spokesperson Councillor Jim MacLeod said:
“I was delighted to join the Deputy First Minister and our local MSP Stuart McMillan in seeing at first hand the summer lunch club at Newark Primary, one of the schools in my ward.
“It was great seeing children along with family members at play, learning and preparing lunches.
“The Scottish Government funding is very welcome and will help authorities like Inverclyde to tackle inequality in our communities.”