Scottish Government allocates £50m to schools to close attainment gap

25 May 18

The Scottish Government has allocated £50m of funding for schools to help close the attainment gap in the country. 

The money will come from the £750m in the Scottish Attainment Challenge programme and will be shared out between nine local authorities.

A further 74 individual schools have been allocated funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

John Swinney, speaking at a West Dunbartonshire school, said: “Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of this government.”

West Dunbartonshire Council has been a primary beneficiary of the attainment fund, having received £13.8m from the scheme over the last four years. 

Iain Gray, Scottish Labour’s education spokesperson, said: “Rather than making a song a dance of distributing money that has already been announced, John Swinney would be better off getting his government to properly fund our schools in the first place, so this funding is genuinely additional.”

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