Date lodged: 7 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the action it is taking to close the attainment gap.
Answered by: John Swinney 14 June 2017
The Scottish Government has committed £750m during the course of this Parliament through the Attainment Scotland Fund to provide targeted support for children, schools and communities to close the poverty related attainment gap. In 2017-18 this includes £120m which will be allocated directly to schools on the basis of the numbers of pupils in P1-S3 known to be eligible and registered for free school meals, at a rate of £1,200 per pupil. This funding is on top of the existing £50m Attainment Scotland Funding that will continue to provide targeted support to authorities and schools in the communities with high levels of deprivation.
The National Improvement Framework addresses a key OECD recommendation that we develop a mechanism for robustly monitoring young people’s progress. In December, the Scottish Government will publish this year's National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan. This will provide a complete picture of how children are progressing with their learning and the action to be taken to close the poverty related attainment gap.