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Funding Boost for Schools

Photograph: Gordon Macdonald MSP and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a previous visit to Clovenstone Primary.

Schools in Edinburgh will benefit from a £7.5 million funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools.

The funding will be from the Scottish Government’s new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund.

Most local primaries and secondaries are set to receive additional support. It will be up to teachers and school leaders to decide the best way of using the funding to close the attainment gap in their schools.

Welcoming the announcement, Gordon Macdonald MSP 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 attainment gap our number one priority, and our new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund is aimed at doing just that.

“This new announcement will let parents, teachers and school leaders in Edinburgh see how much funding they can expect to drive up standards and tackle the inter-generational cycle of deprivation in their school.”

Most of the schools that are attended by pupils in this constituency have benefited: -

Bonaly Primary £7,200

Broomhouse Primary £127,200

Canal View Primary £223,200

Clovenstone Primary £94,800

Currie Primary £34,800

Dean Park Primary £10,800

Juniper Green Primary £31,200

Longstone Primary £37,200

Murrayburn Primary £117,600

Nether Currie Primary £9,600

Oxgangs Primary £57,600

Ratho Primary £15,600

Sighthill Primary £84,000

St Joseph's RC Primary £68,400

Stenhouse Primary £110,400

Balerno Community High £19,200

Currie Community High £16,800

Firrhill High £27,600

Forrester High £73,200

St Augustine's High £70,800

Tynecastle High £69,600

Wester Hailes Ed. Centre £82,800

Braidburn Special School £36,000

Gorgie Mills £27,600

Redhall School £56,400

Woodlands School £10,800

The £120 million Pupil Equity Fund was announced in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2017-18: -

Allocations are based on the number of pupil from P1 to S3 known to be eligible for free school meals, with schools receiving around £1,200 per pupil. The full list of individual school allocations can be found here: -

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