Date lodged: 28 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it is monitoring the use of the Pupil Equity Fund in schools in the Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn constituency.
Answered by: John Swinney 7 March 2018
Pupil Equity Funding is additional funding to be spent at the discretion of Headteachers to close the poverty-related attainment gap. Working with our partners, the Scottish Government has developed clear national guidance for schools on planning and monitoring Pupil Equity Funding. This includes explaining how they are using the funding in existing planning and reporting processes to their authority and Parent Council, including in their annual School Improvement Plans and Standards and Quality reports. These plans and reports should be made publicly available so that parents and others can understand what is happening in their school.
School inspection and other review processes will be used to ensure schools use their funding appropriately. In addition, the operation, use and effectiveness of the Pupil Equity Funding on closing the poverty related attainment gap will feed into other existing quality assurance processes, such as Audit Scotland’s Shared Risk Assessment.
At a national level, progress towards closing the poverty-related attainment gap will be monitored and reported through the National Improvement Framework.