NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOLS RECEIVE £8,834,880 BOOST FROM PUPIL EQUITY FUND

coatINVESTMENT AIMED AT CLOSING THE POVERTY-RELATED ATTAINMENT GAP

 

A Scottish Government fund aimed at boosting the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils is set to pay out £8,834,880 to schools across North Lanarkshire next year.

 

More than 2,300 schools across Scotland are set to benefit from the funding – including 156 across North Lanarkshire. The significant investment gives money directly to headteachers, allowing them to spend the money on local initiatives that will close the poverty-related attainment gap.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP for North Lanarkshire Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“The SNP has made closing the attainment gap our priority in this parliament – and the latest investment of £8,834,880 in our schools and our children across North Lanarkshire is a key part of that.

 

“Every child should have the best possible start in life, no matter their background – and the role that schools play in giving children the support they need is absolutely vital.

 

“That is why it is right that this significant investment to close the poverty-related attainment gap goes straight to headteachers – giving those with the most intimate knowledge of their schools the ability to develop initiatives to benefit children across Coatbridge & Chryston.

 

“And with 156 schools benefiting from this latest round of funding – following a similar significant investment last year – even more of our children are going to benefit from creative new initiatives that will help to tackle the attainment gap in our schools.”

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