You may have seen in the press last week an announcement from John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, that the Scottish Government is allocating £120 million directly to schools through the Attainment Scotland Fund. The funding is coming out to schools in April and is to be targeted at those children most affected by the poverty-related attainment gap: it is being distributed on the basis of the numbers of pupils in P1-S3 known to be eligible and registered for free school meals. For NBHS, this means we will be receiving £21,600. John Swinney has given a commitment that schools will receive this funding for the next five years.

In order to ensure that we make the best use of this additional funding, we will be consulting widely, with: the head teachers of our cluster primary schools and the other East Lothian secondary schools; with the Parent School Partnership; with staff; with local authority education staff; and, of course, with pupils. If you have any suggestions as to how this funding might be used to help reduce the attainment gap, please do get in touch with me, or with the Parent School Partnership via their email address: .


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