Education Secretary, John Swinney has announced today that an additional £45 million in Scottish Government funding to local authorities in order to close the attainment gap in Scottish schools.
The announcement means that schools in Stirling will receive £180,267 in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.
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. It prioritises improvements in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in Scotland’s Primary and Secondary schools. This funding takes the Challenge Authorities and Schools Programme into its third successive year.
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.
Welcoming the announcement, SNP Councillor and Stirling Council’s Education Convener, Cllr Susan McGill said:
“Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of the SNP in government – both nationally and locally here in Stirling Council.
“The Scottish Government are providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap – and schools in the Stirling area will benefit to the tune of almost £200,000 this year through additional funding for educational improvement plans.
“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 across Stirling are benefitting from this funding, which is targeted to improve the life chances of children and young people in Scotland and I look forward to working closely with local schools in order to provide better life chances for all of our children and young people – regardless of their social background.”