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Local MSPs welcome £2m for East Ayrshire Schools to Close Attainment Gap

Published date : 18 Oct 2016

Primary and secondary schools in East Ayrshire will receive more than £2 million for projects to close the attainment gap this year.

The funding will support measures to improve literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in schools with pupils who live in areas of deprivation.

East Ayrshire became one of Scotland’s nine challenge authorities this summer. It will receive £998,917 for attainment projects in primary schools, and £1,038,406 for secondary schools.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
"Delivering equity and excellence across Scotland’s education system is the Scottish Government’s defining mission. I am firmly committed to substantially closing the gap in the attainment of pupils from our most and least deprived areas during the lifetime of this parliament.
"The funding I have confirmed for East Ayrshire is part of the additional £750 million we will make available over five years to support schools to close the attainment gap.
"It will enable the area’s primary and secondary schools to improve literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing through a range of tailored projects.
"This builds on our existing work with challenge authorities and schools across the country to ensure no child or young person in Scotland is held back because of their background."

Local MSPs Jeane Freeman (Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley) and Willie Coffey (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) welcomed the announcement.
Ms Freeman said; "Ayrshire is a great place to live and work, but we know that we can do more to help children here to reach their full potential and I’m confident that this money will make an important difference."
Mr Coffey said; "The future of our communities lies with our children, and we must do all that we can to give them the best start in life.  I welcome the extra help announced by the Deputy First Minister for East Ayrshire."

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Background

The £750m Attainment Scotland Fund is a targeted initiative focused on supporting pupils in the local authorities of Scotland with the highest concentrations of deprivation. The challenge authorities are currently Glasgow, Dundee, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire, North Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire and Renfrewshire.

The £2,037,323 announced for East Ayrshire today will fund projects during 2016/17.

Council (East Ayrshire), Education
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