Underlining the SNP’s unwavering commitment to improving education in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today announced that the fund will be extended to help 57 more schools in another 14 local authority areas – taking the number of schools benefiting from the fund to more than 300.
Within Aberdeen City; Riverbank, Manor Park, Tullos and Bramble Brae School have been identified to benefit from the fund.
The First Minister also announced the creation of the Aspirations Package for schools, which will be delivered with organisations like Speakers for Schools and Children’s University as well as local employers and entrepreneurs to ensure young people can access the experience, knowledge and networks they need to help them succeed.
Commenting, Mark McDonald said:
“It is very welcoming news that Bramble Brae and Manor Park school within my constituency will be benefiting from additional funding and will be among 57 schools across Scotland accessing the £100 million Attainment Scotland Fund.
“The funding available will assist with narrowing the attainment gap in schools and has specifically been targeted to benefit pupils in areas with the highest level of poverty. Primary School education is the foundation for lifelong learning and the additional investment placed now will improve the life chances and opportunities for pupils as they progress into secondary and tertiary education.
“This is an absolutely fantastic commitment towards making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up and has managed to be delivered despite harsh Westminster cuts.
“Although there is evidence of the attainment gap now closing, particularly in Higher results, this fund shows the SNP Scottish Government is committed to the aim of closing the attainment gap completely”