A total of 45 schools in the Stirling area are to receive £1,483,440 in Pupil Equity Funding – to help close the attainment gap in schools between the richest and poorest backgrounds.
Across Scotland, 2,300 schools will receive £120 million in Pupil Equity Funding – which is part of the Scottish Government’s £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund.
This money will be spent at the discretion of teachers and school leaders on localised initiatives to close the poverty-related attainment gap in schools.
Commenting, Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said:
“Every child deserves a fair and equal start in life and closing the attainment gap in our schools will equip the next generation with a wealth of opportunities and prospects.
“I am delighted that the Scottish Government have committed to maintaining the Pupil Equity Fund throughout the next financial year. I know that it has empowered teachers and headteachers across the Stirling area who work closely with our young people and are best placed to make decisions about how to improve attainment.
“Last year’s Pupil Equity Fund was a success in that regard and this second round of funding will build on that success with finances being made available directly to 45 local Stirling schools to spend on closing the attainment gap.”