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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-23487: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much has been allocated through the Pupil Equity Fund for dyslexic assessments since 2017, broken down by local authority.

Answered by: John Swinney 4 June 2019

Pupil Equity Funding was introduced in 2017 as a new way of working to close the attainment gap, by providing money directly to the schools, and headteachers, that know their young people best, giving schools the power to choose where to target support and interventions. While the Scottish Government collects and publishes school level Pupil Equity Funding spend from Local Authorities each financial year, we do not collect or hold detailed information about what the funding has been spent on. The headteacher is accountable to their local authority for the use of Pupil Equity Funding within their school. To ensure transparency, schools are expected to incorporate details of their Pupil Equity Funding plans into existing planning and reporting processes to their Parent Council and Forum, including in their annual School Improvement Plans and Standards and Quality Reports.