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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13105: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with teachers at schools that are not eligible for Pupil Equity Funding.

Answered by: John Swinney 12 December 2017

As part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge, universal support is available to all local authorities and schools across Scotland to tackle the poverty related attainment gap. This support includes access to a named Attainment Adviser who will work directly with schools to help identify actions that will make the biggest impact. Access to the National Improvement Hub which contains learning and teaching tools and strategies also provides universal support.

Earlier this year all headteachers were invited to attend one of 8 regional Pupil Equity Funding events which provided an opportunity to hear from colleagues across Scotland on their work to close the equity gap. Building on the success of these, a second series of events will be held early next year. We are working in partnership with the new Regional Improvement Collaboratives to ensure once again a place is available for all headteachers.