Date lodged: 16 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it supports local councils in promoting education in schools.
Answered by: John Swinney 23 November 2016
Closing the attainment gap is the Scottish Government's priority and we are taking a range of actions to ensure that local authorities, schools and others have the guidance and the support that they need to meet the needs of our children and young people. On 28 June 2016 I launched 'Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education - A Delivery Plan for Scotland', which sets our plan for achieving that aim.
As part of that plan, the Government has committed £750 million over the next five years through the Attainment Scotland Fund to tackle the attainment gap, targeting resources at the children, schools and communities which most need them. Through the Governance Review that I launched in 13 September, we are also inviting views from all of those with a stake in our education system, including from local authorities, teachers, parents and pupils, on the role that every part of that system plays in supporting the learner journey and improving outcomes for our children and young people.