ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES £3.5million BOOST FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT SCHOOLS
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:15
Schools across the Falkirk district will benefit from a £3.5million funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools, it has been revealed.
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.
Fifty primary schools and eight secondary schools across the Falkirk district are set to receive additional support worth thousands of pounds. It will be up to teachers and school leaders to decide the best way of using the funding to close the poverty related attainment gap in their schools.
Welcoming the announcement, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald 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 by circumstances outside their control.
“The SNP in 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 fifty primary and eight secondary schools across the Falkirk district.
“This new announcement will let parents, teachers and school leaders in the district see how much funding they can expect to drive up standards and tackle the inter-generational cycle of deprivation in their school.”