INVESTMENT 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.”