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Educational Attainment Oral Question, 26/02/15 [S]

During First MInisters Question Time on 26 February 2015 Jim Eadie (SNP) asked the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government is taking to raise educational attainment among children from deprived communities.

The First Minister replied, ensuring that every child reaches their full potential whatever their background is at the heart of our ambition for education. That is why we have launched the Scottish attainment challenge, backed up by £100 million, and why we want to expand free nursery early learning and child care to 30 hours a week.

We have also been in discussions with councils on protecting teacher numbers—an issue that we think is vital to school attainment. We have pledged funding of £51 million for councils that maintain teacher numbers. I am happy to be able to announce to the Parliament today that all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities have now accepted our offer and teacher numbers will be protected in 2015-16.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 26 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 26 February 2015