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SCHOOLS GET £3.4M CASH BOOST FROM SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

John Hamilton VC Commemorative stone
Councillor Karen Conaghan

February 8, 2018 – A Scottish Government fund aimed at boosting the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils is set to pay out £3,425.880 to schools across West Dunbartonshire over the next 12 months.

Forty-one schools across West Dunbartonshire will receive the cash with the area being awarded an increase of more than £45,000. This significant investment gives money directly to head teachers, allowing them to spend the additional money on local initiatives that will help close the poverty- related attainment gap in their school, according to SNP Council Spokesperson for Education, Cllr Karen Conaghan.

She said: “I speak to head teachers, teachers, parents and pupils regularly, so I know that the Pupil Equity Fund money from last year has made a real positive difference for our pupils. Recent reports have highlighted the real problem we all know about of child poverty in West Dunbartonshire, and these extra funds will be directly targeted at the areas where they are most needed. There is no quick fix, but with the SNP focusing on the problem both nationally and locally, I am confident we will see a reduction in the poverty related attainment gap as the years progress.”

Cllr Caroline McAllister, depute spokesperson for Education added:  “Individual schools are allocated a share of the fund based on the number pupils who are eligible and registered for free school meals, and head teachers decide how their allocation is spent. Last year we saw some really exciting and innovative ideas for use of the funds and I’m looking forward to hearing how schools will be using this year’s funding.”

For more information and to see a list of each school’s allocation, visit http://www.gov.scot/…/Raisi…/pupilequityfund/Allocations1819

 

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SNP councillors Karen Conaghan and Caroline McAllister – delighted with the cash for schools in deprived areas.

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