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Pupil Equity Funding

Published: 30 Jan 2018 00:01
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Education

More than 2,300 schools to receive over £120 million next year.

Scotland’s schools are in line to receive a share of over £120 million next year to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced.

Pupil Equity Funding is being allocated to 2,387 schools from the Scottish Government’s £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund in 2018/19.

The money will be spent at the discretion of teachers and school leaders on localised initiatives to close the poverty related attainment gap.

Mr Swinney announced the funding on a visit to St Francis RC Primary School in Dundee, who have been using part of their funding in 2017/18 to provide a six-week summer school focused on literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing for their pupils living in the most deprived areas.

Mr Swinney said:

“Every child should have the best possible start in life, no matter their background. Schools have a significant role to play in ensuring every child is given the right support to help them achieve their full potential.

“Our priority is to close the poverty-related attainment gap. This £120 million of Pupil Equity Funding is aimed at doing just that.

“The funding is targeted towards schools who have the highest numbers of pupils receiving free school meals, so that the money is spent on the children who need it most.

“Last year’s allocation is already making a big impact. I have visited a number of schools up and down the country where this funding has empowered teachers to put in place creative new initiatives that are tackling the attainment gap in their schools right now.

“I hope this second round of funding will help schools to build on that progress, supported by our reforms to education that will raise standards for all and put excellence and equity at the heart of Scottish education.”

Neil Lowden, the Headteacher of St Francis RC Primary School, said:

"I believe the introduction of the Pupil Equity Funding has had a significant impact on how I have managed my school in terms of the absolute focus on raising attainment in literacy and numeracy as well as improving outcomes in health and wellbeing for the children in St Francis. 

“There is no doubt that having this extra resource has allowed me to further develop the work of the Scottish Attainment Challenge to provide high quality targeted interventions to close the attainment gap. 

“As a Headteacher the Pupil Equity Funding has fundamentally allowed our school community to make a real and significant difference to the lives of the children who come through our doors every day. I am delighted to see a further commitment being made by the Scottish Government and I very much welcome Mr Swinney's announcement.”

Background

The £120 million Pupil Equity Funding forms part of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget for 2018/19.

The £120 million Pupil Equity Funding forms part of the £179 million Attainment Scotland Fund for 2018-19, underlining the Scottish Government’s commitment to allocate £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related attainment gap.

Allocations are based on the number of pupils from P1 to S3 who are eligible and registered for free school meals.

The funding broken down by local authority is as follows:

 

Number of schools receiving PEF

Allocations

Aberdeen City

61

£2,845,080

Aberdeenshire

159

£2,906,520

Angus

57

£2,118,240

Argyll & Bute

75

£1,401,600

Clackmannanshire

22

£1,575,120

Dumfries & Galloway

110

£2,972,520

Dundee City

43

£4,980,840

East Ayrshire

57

£3,465,000

East Dunbartonshire

44

£1,588,440

East Lothian

40

£1,565,160

East Renfrewshire

31

£1,412,040

Edinburgh City

122

£7,452,120

Eilean Siar

23

£290,880

Falkirk

61

£3,577,320

Fife

157

£10,101,480

Glasgow City

191

£21,785,160

Highland

183

£4,095,000

Inverclyde

28

£2,436,120

Midlothian

39

£2,273,160

Moray

52

£1,341,960

North Ayrshire

60

£4,413,960

North Lanarkshire

156

£8,834,880

Orkney Islands

18

£232,200

Perth & Kinross

74

£1,661,520

Renfrewshire

62

£4,272,240

Scottish Borders

68

£1,841,280

Shetland Islands

20

£233,880

South Ayrshire

50

£2,413,200

South Lanarkshire

148

£7,988,400

Stirling

45

£1,483,440

West Dunbartonshire

41

£3,425,880

West Lothian

82

£5,160,840

Sum of local authorities

2379

£122,145,480

     

Grant-Maintained

8

£112,800

     

Total

2387

£122,258,280

 

View details of funding to individual schools: Pupil Equity Funding: school allocations 2018 to 2019