Schools in North Ayrshire will benefit from a funding boost of over £4 million as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools, it has been revealed.

The share due to be received by each school from the Scottish Government’s new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund has been revealed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

49 primaries and 9 secondaries across North Ayrshire are set to receive additional support worth thousands of pounds. Teachers and school leaders then have the power to decide the best way to use the funding to close the poverty related attainment gap in their schools.

Welcoming the announcement, SNP MSP, Ruth Maguire, said:

“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.

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 – supporting 49 primaries and 9 secondaries across North Ayrshire.

This new announcement lets parents, teachers and school leaders in Cunninghame South and across North Ayrshire see how much funding they can expect to drive up standards and tackle the inter-generational cycle of deprivation in their schools.”