A Scottish Government fund aimed at boosting the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils is set to pay out £4,413,960 to schools across North Ayrshire next year.

More than 2,300 schools across Scotland are set to benefit from the funding – including 60 in North Ayrshire. The significant investment gives money directly to headteachers, allowing them to spend the money on local initiatives that will close the poverty-related attainment gap.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, said:

“The SNP has made closing the attainment gap our priority in this parliament – and the latest investment of over £4.4 million  in our schools and our children across North Ayrshire is a key part of that.

“Every child should have the best possible start in life, no matter their background – and the role that schools play in giving children the support they need is absolutely vital.

“That is why it is right that this significant investment to close the poverty-related attainment gap goes straight to headteachers – giving those with the most intimate knowledge of their schools the ability to develop initiatives to benefit children across North Ayrshire.

“And with 60 schools benefiting from this latest round of funding – following a similar significant investment last year – even more of our children are going to benefit from creative new initiatives that will help to tackle the attainment gap in our schools.”