McAlpine welcomes huge £2.9 million boost for Dumfries and Galloway schools

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South Scotland SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed news that schools in Dumfries and Galloway will benefit from a funding boost of £2,881,200  as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools.


The share each school is due to receive from the Scottish Government’s new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund has been revealed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.


Ninety-two primaries and sixteen secondaries across Dumfries and Galloway are set to receive additional support worth thousands of pounds. It will be up to teachers and school leaders to decide the best way of using the funding to close the poverty related attainment gap in their schools.


Welcoming the announcement, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine 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 Scottish Government has made closing the poverty-related attainment gap our number one priority, and our new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund is aimed at doing just that – supporting ninety-two primaries and sixteen secondaries across the region.


“Among the awards to primary schools in Dumfriesshire include £32,400 for Georgetown, £62,400 for Gretna, £68,400 for Kelloholm and £66,000 for Lockerbie. For the secondaries, Lockerbie is set to receive £49,200 and Sanquhar will get £44,400.


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


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


A suite of information about the most successful approaches and interventions, based on practice examples from around Scotland and the best available international evidence, is being developed:

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