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Smart Money on Attainment, 09/02/15 [S]

A new Scottish Attainment Challenge has been announced today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The Challenge will be backed by an Attainment Scotland Fund of more than £100 million over four years to drive forward improvements on educational outcomes in Scotlandís most disadvantaged communities.

The four-year Attainment Scotland Fund will be targeted initially at schools in the local authorities with the biggest concentrations of households in deprived areas. It will focus on improving literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing in primary schools in these areas, with the clear objective being to give all primary-school age pupils Ė regardless of background - the best start in life.

The Scottish Attainment Challenge will draw on the experience of the London Challenge which helped transform school performance in the city, and other international experiences.

The first tranche of funding will see £20 million made available this year to support children and young people in a number of Scotlandís most disadvantaged communities to achieve their potential.

This yearís initial funding was announced in the Deputy First Ministerís budget last week.

Complementing the Scottish Governmentís existing work to address attainment inequality, schools in these areas will benefit from greater access to expertise and resources Ė such as additional teachers, materials for classrooms or resource to develop new out of school activities.

National and local partners will work together to identify the specific work that can be implemented successfully in classrooms and which will have a significant impact on the attainment of children from deprived communities.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

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