Renfrewshire’s schools will receive over £4.2million next year to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

Pupil Equity Funding is being allocated to 62 Renfrewshire schools from the Scottish Government’s Attainment Scotland Fund in 2018/2019.

The money, totalling £4,272,240, will be spent as local teachers and school leaders wish, on initiatives and schemes to helps close the attainment gap.

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

“The SNP has put closing the attainment gap at the heart of our education plans in Government.

“I want every child in Scotland to have the best possible start in life. It is unacceptable for children from the poorest backgrounds to have their chances limited by circumstances completely out with their own control.

“The money I allocated in last year’s Scottish budget is already making a difference. This next lot of funding will allow teachers and schools to build on that progress.”