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.
16 primaries and 5 secondaries across Aberdeen Donside are set to receive additional support worth over one million pounds. 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 Mark McDonald 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 16 primaries and 5 secondaries in my constituency.
“This new announcement will let parents, teachers and school leaders in Aberdeen Donside see how much funding they can expect to drive up standards and tackle the inter-generational cycle of deprivation in their school.”
The £120 million Pupil Equity Fund was announced in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2017-18: http://news.gov.scot/news/a-budget-for-scotlands-future-1
Allocations are based on the number of pupil from P1 to S3 known to be eligible for free school meals, with schools receiving around £1,200 per pupil.
A suite of information about the most successful approaches and interventions, based on practice examples from around Scotland and the best available international evidence, is being developed: http://news.gov.scot/news/new-attainment-tools-for-teachers