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EIS Welcomes Additional £120m Attainment Funding for Schools

1 February 2017

The EIS has today welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that details the allocation of additional funding for attainment initiatives in schools across Scotland.

The EIS fully endorses attempts to tackle social inequality and support schools in tackling the poverty-related attainment gap that persists across the country.

Commenting as the Scottish Government released data on the new funding allocated to schools, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "This additional £120M investment in our schools will help to support valuable initiatives which aim to tackle the attainment gap and reduce the damaging impact that poverty has on the educational experience of too many young people across Scotland.

"For far too long, the greatest factor impacting on pupil attainment has been the level of family income – a situation that has only been made worse by austerity politics and cuts to public services, including education.”

He added, "It is important to remember that this £120M is intended as additional resource for schools, and is not a replacement for any of the core funding that is allocated to support learning and teaching by local authorities.

"Schools will now want to take a collegiate approach, involving staff at all levels, to agree how best to utilise this additional funding to support learning and teaching initiatives aimed at raising attainment.”