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Pupil Equity Funding

Pupil Equity Funding is additional funding from the Scottish Government’s £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund, allocated directly to schools and targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap. This funding is to be spent at the discretion of Headteachers working in partnership with each other and their local authority. In 2017/18, Scotland’s schools received a share of over £120 million, and in 2018/19 this is set to increase to over £122 million.

The Pupil Equity Funding school level allocations for 2017/18 and 2018/19 have been published.

Every council area is benefitting from Pupil Equity Funding and over 96% of schools in Scotland have been allocated funding. Allocations are based on the number of pupils from P1 to S3 who are eligible and registered for free school meals, using the latest available data. In some instances this means schools may have faced significant reductions in their funding allocation in 2018/19. However, Ministers have decided to cap the reduction that any school will face, so that the 2018/19 funding allocation is no more than 10% less than 2017/18. In these cases, a top up has been added to the schools’ allocations. 

National Operational Guidance has been published to help schools plan how they will most effectively invest their Pupil Equity Funding allocation to improve the educational outcomes of children affected by poverty. Please note these links take you to our beta site, we are in the process of transitioning content.