Year of Young People 2018: making the voices of young people heard – Engage for Education

Source: Year of Young People 2018: making the voices of young people heard – Engage for Education

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Closing the attainment gap in education and raising the bar for all is the key priority of the Scottish Government.

As part of our wider reforms, over 2,300 schools have already benefited from receipt of Pupil Equity Funding – which provides support to those schools who need it most and empowers headteachers to spend it on additional staff and resources at their discretion. As at September 2017, 507 FTE teachers have been recruited through the Pupil Equity Fund.

In 2018-19, the Scottish Government will:

  • allocate £179 million to local authorities through the Attainment Scotland Fund, and continue to allocate £750 million over the term of the Parliament.

This will include:

  • £120 million directly to headteachers through the Pupil Equity Funding
  • £59 million in Attainment Scotland funding, which will continue to provide targeted support for those authorities and schools supporting children and young people in greatest need
  • protect local authority core revenue budgets in cash terms, to reduce pressure on education and other budgets
  • provide £10 million to organisations that provide support to children and young people with complex additional support needs
  • deliver key commitments in the STEM Education and Training Strategy, by supporting public science engagement initiatives, including science centres and festivals and a new national STEM engagement campaign
  • commit an overall funding package of £88 million in the local government finance settlement to support both achieving a pupil teacher ratio at a national level and ensuring that places are provided for all probationers who require one under the teacher induction scheme
  • provide an additional £24 million to fully cover the 2017 teachers’ pay offer


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