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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12058: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on Glasgow City Council issuing advice to head teachers to use the Pupil Equity Fund to pay for janitorial services; whether the local authority sought advice from it regarding this and, if so, what advice it provided.

Answered by: John Swinney 31 October 2017

Any school staying open beyond school hours for attainment-related purposes would require to have the appropriate in staff support in place. As outlined in the Pupil Equity Fund national operational guidance, any school plans for using Pupil Equity Funding must be grounded in evidence of what is known to be effective at closing the poverty related attainment gap. Local authorities can also issue complementary guidance about how the funding will operate locally. Glasgow City Council have not sought advice from the Scottish Government on this issue.

Pupil Equity Funding provides £120m of additional support to thousands of schools across Scotland to be spent at the discretion of teachers and school leaders.