In 2017/18, £120m of Pupil Equity Funding is being allocated directly to schools and targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap.
Every council area is benefitting from Pupil Equity Funding and 95% of schools in Scotland have been allocated funding for pupils in P1-S3 known to be eligible for free school meals. This funding is to be spent at the discretion of Headteachers working in partnership with each other and their local authority. Schools will now have their plans in place for using their funding and will be implementing those plans.
Pupil Equity Funding is being provided as part of the £750m Attainment Scotland Fund which will be invested over the current Parliamentary term to tackle the poverty related attainment gap.
The Pupil Equity Funding school level allocations for 2017/18 and National Operational Guidance have been published. We have also produced an information leaflet for parents and carers on Pupil Equity Funding. To accompany this a number of commonly asked questions have also been published.