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South of Scotland schools to get £4.7m funding boost

Schools are set for a funding boost. Credit: PA

Schools in the south of Scotland are to benefit from more than £4.7 million of new funding.

The money is coming from the Pupil Equity Funding scheme - a programme set up by the Scottish Government.

The aim is to close the poverty-related attainment gap, where pupils who are less well off tend to get lower academic grades.

£2.9m
Has been allocated to schools in Dumfries and Galloway
£1.8m
Has been allocated to schools in the Scottish Borders

This Government has made clear our priority is to close the poverty-related attainment gap and our new £120 million Pupil Equity Funding is aimed at doing just that.

We are providing additional ring-fenced funding which will enable individual schools to target support where it is needed the most.

The allocations I am announcing today will let parents, teachers and school leaders see how much funding their schools will receive in 2017-18 to help break the inter-generational cycle of deprivation.

– Education Secretary John Swinney