Sunday, December 16, 2018
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Primary and secondary schools across the Highlands will receive £1.2m from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund in 2018/19 to help boost the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils. 

Nine local authorities in Scotland and an additional 74 individual schools will share £50 million funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund for initiatives targeted at children living in communities affected by high levels of deprivation.

This brings the total Attainment Scotland Fund investment to £170 million this year.

Existing examples of this funding in action in the Highlands include a senior mentoring project at Kinlochleven High School, helping to build an outdoor classroom for Eigg Primary School, leadership training for pupils at Portree High School and the creation of reading spaces in the Kingussie ASG.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "The latest Scottish Government investment of £1.2m in Highland schools will help us significantly drive up standards in education and raise attainment in our schools.

"We want to ensure that every child in Scotland has the best possible start in life, no matter their background, and this investment will help us narrow the poverty-related attainment gap across the Highlands.

"Pupils in the Highlands should get the same opportunities to learn and grow as children elsewhere. Obviously, with more smaller schools there are both advantages as well.

"I've heard of many creative ways that head teachers are using the attainment funding and it is all going towards giving school pupils in the Highlands the best start in life."

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