Local MSP, Keith Brown and SNP Education Spokesperson for Clackmannanshire, Councillor Ellen Forson have welcomed confirmation that Clackmannanshire secondary schools will receive around an additional £300,000 to improve the literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing of local school pupils.
The funding was announced last week by Deputy First Minister John Swinney who confirmed that more than a hundred secondary schools will receive up to £11.5 million for projects to close the attainment gap.
The funding will enable up to 133 secondary schools with pupils living in areas of deprivation to improve their literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.
Keith Brown MSP said: “Delivering equity and excellence across Scotland’s education system is the Scottish Government’s defining mission.
“This funding being allocated to secondary schools in Clackmannanshire is part of the additional £750 million we will make available to support schools to close the attainment gap over the next five years. It will enable the three secondary schools in Clackmannanshire to improve literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing through a range of projects devised by the schools themselves.
“This builds on our existing work with hundreds of primary schools to ensure no child or young person in Scotland is held back because of their background."
Councillor Ellen Forson said: “The Scottish Attainment Challenge is already well embedded in our primary schools and I am delighted that our secondary schools will now benefit from this initiative.
The Attainment Challenge is about improving life chances for children who will play a vital part in the future of our communities - we want them to have the skills and the flexibility to be able to take on the challenges of the years ahead.
One in four children in Clackmannanshire are growing up in poverty – they cannot change this and it should not stand in the way of their progress."
The Deputy First Minister extended the Scottish Attainment Challenge to include secondary schools earlier this year – http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Expansion-of-Scottish-Attainment-Challenge-2554.aspx
Scotland’s nine challenge authorities were invited to submit proposals to support secondary schools in their area. The challenge authorities are Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire, East Ayrshire and Renfrewshire.
An additional 28 secondary schools (not in Challenge Authority areas) were invited to submit proposals because they receive children from primary schools currently in receipt of challenge funding, and have more than 20% of children in areas of multiple deprivation (SIMD 1 and 2).