£45 million to Close Attainment Gap
24 July 2017
Hundreds of schools to benefit.
More than £45 million will be provided to primary and secondary
schools in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment
gap, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced today.
Nine local authorities and an additional 72 individual schools
have been allocated funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge,
for education initiatives and projects targeting Scotland's most
Mr Swinney made the announcement during a visit to Newark
Primary School Holiday Club in Port Glasgow where a range of
opportunities for families to learn and play together over the
school holidays has been made possible by previous Scottish
Attainment Challenge funding. He said:
"Improving the education and life chances of our children and
young people is the defining mission of this government. Central to
this is the Scottish Attainment Challenge, which is providing £750
million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the
poverty-related attainment gap by supporting hundreds of schools
develop approaches to improve literacy, numeracy and health and
"During my visit to Newark Primary School I was able to see
first-hand the very real benefit this funding is having on children
and young people, their families and the wider community. Today's
announcement ensures local authorities and individual schools where
the need is greatest have substantial additional funding for the
coming year to tailor their plans based on their own
"This work, along with the introduction of Pupil Equity Funding,
forms the backbone of our focus to target resources where they are
needed the most whilst also empowering schools to ultimately
improve the life chances of all of children and young people in
Inverclyde Council Leader Councillor Stephen McCabe said:
"We have been able to more than double the provision of lunch
clubs across Inverclyde this summer and hundreds of families have
been enjoying the range of activities and lunches on offer.
"We recognise that key to closing the attainment gap is the
involvement of parents and families in a child's education - from
attending parents' evenings, parent councils and home learning - so
that teaching in the classroom can be supported in the home.
"Families spending time together over the summer in a fun,
relaxed and informal setting is a great way to start that process
and also an opportunity for us to let people know about other
resources and added support we have available to them.
"Inverclyde is performing very well when it comes to education
and our £270 million investment in new and refurbished schools
alongside the excellent work being undertaken as part of the
Scottish Attainment Challenge to reduce the attainment gap linked
to deprivation is playing a major part in that success."
All nine of the Scottish Attainment Challenge Authorities will
receive funding to deliver authority wide plans with an additional
72 individual Primary and Secondary schools receiving funding to
deliver improvement plans specific to their own circumstances.
The Scottish Attainment Challenge is providing £750 million
during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related
attainment gap. It prioritises improvements in literacy, numeracy,
health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in
Scotland's Primary and Secondary schools. This funding takes the
Challenge Authorities and Schools Programme into its third
Schools and local authorities will continue to have access to a
network of Education Scotland Attainment Advisors to provide
guidance and help share their successful work with others across
the country via the National Improvement
You can also view
further information on the Scottish Attainment Challenge.
Source with breakdown of funding per Challenge Authority -