SNP Paisley Southeast candidate Bruce MacFarlane has welcomed the recent announcement of an increase in pupil funding of £61,660.

Across Scotland headteachers will receive more than half a billion pounds of secured funding over the next four years to help close the attainment gap. Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) totalling £520 million will be distributed to schools in every council area to help headteachers put in place more support for children and young people.

The funding has been confirmed for multiple years to provide more certainty for headteachers and allow for longer-term planning.

Bruce MacFarlane, added: “I’m sure this increase in Pupil Equity Funding for Renfrewshire will be welcomed by all pupils, parents and schools.

“Our headteachers and teachers know their pupils best and know what measures are working. This funding ensures they are empowered to take the approaches that are right for the children and young people in their schools to help improve attainment.

“Renfrewshire will see the PEF rise from an initial £4,707,675 to £4,769,335 – an increase of £61,660. I’m sure this will be put to good use across Renfrewshire schools, helping to close the attainment gap”.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said recently in the Scottish Parliament: “Tackling the poverty-related attainment gap and giving every young person the chance to fulfil their full potential remains our priority, and we are investing an increased £1 billion through schools and local authorities over the course of this Parliament to support this ambition.

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