Glasgow Schools to Benefit from £21 million Cash Boost

SCHOOLS across Glasgow will receive the majority of a national £120 million investment which aims to close the attainment gap between rich and poor.

£21 million will be set aside for the city as part of the Scottish Government’s Pupil Equity Funding scheme with St Andrew’s Secondary School receiving the large amount at £354,000.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney set out the government’s plans during a visit to Dalmarnock Primary School who will receive £278,400.

He said: “I want every child in Scotland to 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.

“We are providing additional ring-fenced funding which will enable individual schools to target support where it is needed the most. The allocations I am announcing today will let parents, teachers and school leaders see how much funding their schools will receive in 2017-18 to help break the inter-generational cycle of deprivation.”

Over 2,300 schools across Scotland will benefit from the scheme.
The amount of funding given out to each school is allocated accordingly to how many children receive free school meals, with each head teacher given £1200 per pupil. This investment will be on top of money the schools receive from the council.

Dalmarnock Primary School head teacher, Nancy Clunie said: “We do a lot of work with our partners to put on activities involving parents to improve the health and wellbeing of the whole family, as less stressed children make better learners. The Pupil Equity Funding will enable us to expand these activities.”

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