Nicola Sturgeon offers schools £1.5m to help improve literacy and numeracy

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is determined to close the educational attainment gap. Picture: Robert Perry
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is determined to close the educational attainment gap. Picture: Robert Perry
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A new £1.5 million fund to help schools across Scotland come up with innovative ways to improve attainment has been launched by the First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon also confirmed £2.5 million of allocations to 57 schools that will receive funding as part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge Schools Programme, during a visit to Warout Primary and Community School in Glenrothes, Fife.

I’ve made it perfectly clear that closing the attainment gap between Scotland’s least and most deprived children is one of my key goals

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

The £1.5 million fund will be used to support projects aimed at improving literacy, numeracy, and health and wellbeing for deprived children.It will be open to primary, special and secondary schools who are not already benefiting from the Attainment Scotland Funding, the Scottish Government said. Pupils at Warout showed Ms Sturgeon their Steam (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) project, a science-based approach to learning as part of the school curriculum.

The school is to receive £67,450 from the Attainment Scotland Fund this year to help with their project.

The First Minister said: “I’ve made it perfectly clear that closing the attainment gap between Scotland’s least and most deprived children is one of my key goals.

“The Scottish Attainment Challenge Innovation Fund is an important addition to how Scottish Government is taking action to allow this to happen.” The Attainment Scotland Fund is already supporting schools in the most deprived areas to implement projects to raise literacy, numeracy, and health and wellbeing; the Innovation Fund will bring resources to more schools across Scotland and will complement this work.

“We want teachers and pupils to get creative, be excited about learning and come up with imaginative approaches to it; to find out what works and share that with others.

“This £1.5 million gives them the financial support to do so and with education being key to the future of Scotland’s children and in the future of Scotland’s economic health, this is a wise investment.

“Last week I announced our National Improvement Framework to provide evidence on the performance of young people in our schools. Projects like the one I am visiting today will play a key part in closing the attainment gap and ensuring our young people leave school with the skills and education they need.”

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