SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has challenged his political opponents to back the Scottish Government’s plans to invest over £8 billion in Scotland’s education system.
Announcing his draft budget proposals in the Scottish Parliament last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP outlined plans to commit £180 million for raising attainment in schools, including £120 delivered directly to head teachers – helping schools address the poverty related attainment gap and helping children overcome barriers.
This funding is to be spent at the discretion of head teachers, enabling them to secure the additional staffing or resources they need to support pupils affected by poverty and boost attainment levels.
MSPs will vote on the Finance Secretary’s draft budget proposals next month.
Commenting, the local MSP said:
“The SNP recognise that every child, regardless of their background, should have the same opportunities and chances to succeed, and since 2015-16, Inverclyde schools have benefited from over £9 million pounds worth of Attainment Fund monies.
“With education the Scottish Government’s number one priority, this £180 million investment, including £120 million direct to head teachers, will help close the attainment gap here in Inverclyde and ensure no child is left behind.
“I hope local politicians from all parties will get behind the Finance Secretary’s plans and secure this substantial investment for schools throughout Inverclyde.”