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Funding Boost for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Schools

Published date : 02 Feb 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP WELCOMES BOOST FOR CARRICK, CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY SCHOOLS

Schools in East Ayrshire will benefit from a £3,340,800 funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools. And schools in South Ayrshire will benefit from a funding boost of £2,422,800.

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.

43 primaries and 9 secondary schools across East Ayrshire are set to receive additional support worth thousands of pounds. In South Ayrshire 39 primary schools and 8 secondary schools will receive additional support.  It will be up to teachers and school leaders to decide the best way of using these extra resources to close the poverty related attainment gap in their schools.

Welcoming the announcement, SNP MSP Jeane Freeman 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 not by ability but by circumstances outside their control.

“The SNP 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 43 primaries and 9 secondaries in East Ayrshire along with 39 primaries and 8 secondaries in South Ayrshire.

“This new announcement will let parents, teachers and school leaders in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley see how much funding they can expect to drive up standards, tackle the inter-generational cycle of deprivation in their school and help all our children achieve the best their full potential”

ENDS

Notes:

Background

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

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