Local youngsters to benefit from increased education funding
North Ayrshire Council is to be one of the first local authorities to receive funding from a £100m Attainment Scotland Fund.
Welcoming the announcement from the SNP Scottish Government, local MSP Margaret Burgess said, “This will be a significant boost for education in North Ayrshire.
“It is known that school education in Scotland is improving - we have record exam results and a record number of school leavers in work, education or training. However, there is no room for complacency and the Scottish Government has long recognised attainment as being an important area where improvement is needed.”
Mrs Burgess, MSP for Cunninghame South, believes a new Scottish Attainment Challenge will play an important part in achieving greater attainment, adding, “Funds will be directed specifically towards improvements in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing in primary schools.
“If we can close the attainment gap when children are young, the benefits will continue into secondary school and beyond.”
North Ayrshire and other beneficiaries from the fund will work to deliver an improvement plan and will have access to additional resources and expertise.
Mrs Burgess, the SNP Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare, also welcomed annual funding of £500,000 to support a National Mentoring Scheme to improve the lives of looked after children, and an extra £10m to back the implementation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.