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CLARE ADAMSON MSP WELCOMES £8,871,600 PUPIL EQUITY FUNDING FOR NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOLS

SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson, has welcomed the announcement that North Lanarkshire schools will receive almost £9 million from the Scottish Government to help tackle the attainment gap. The figures were announced by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, during a recent visit to a school in Glasgow’s East End.

120 primaries, 23 secondaries and 13 special schools across North Lanarkshire 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.

Commenting, SNP MSP Clare Adamson said:

‘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.

I am delighted to see this significant investment go straight to head teachers to be used where it will have the biggest impact on the lives of young people across Motherwell & Wishaw.

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.’

Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP

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