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 £7,988,400 to schools across South Lanarkshire next year.
More than 2,300 schools across Scotland are set to benefit from the funding – including 148 schools across East Kilbride and across South 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, Linda said:
“The SNP has made closing the attainment gap our priority in this parliament – and the latest investment of nearly £8 million in our schools and our children across East Kilbride and across South Lanarkshire is a key part of that.
“Every child should have the best possible start in life, no matter their background. 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. It will give those with the most knowledge of their schools the ability to develop initiatives to benefit children. Some of the initiatives that schools in East Kilbride have taken are innovative and exciting and I’m looking forward to hearing more about them.”
“With all schools in East Kilbride benefiting from this latest round of funding, even more of our children are going to benefit from creative new initiatives that will help to tackle the attainment gap in our schools.”