Iain Gray reveals plans to close the attainment gap
Every school in Scotland will receive funding to close the gap between the richest and the rest under plans unveiled by Scottish Labour.
Scottish Labour has published the estimated allocation each primary school would receive through its Fair Start Fund. Every primary school in the country would receive £1,000 for each pupil from a deprived background. It would be for head teachers to decide how this money is spent to close the gap between the richest and the rest. This would be paid for by increasing the top rate of tax for those earning more than £150,000 to 50p using the new powers coming to Scotland. This money is over and above the Scottish Government’s existing attainment fund.
Schools in Glasgow would receive almost £12 million. Those in North Lanarkshire would be allocated almost £5 million and schools in Fife would receive an estimated £6 million. A full list of the estimated allocation for each local authority is below and a full list for individual schools is attached.
New figures released by Scottish Labour on Friday revealed that at least 1,500 schools in Scotland, and one third of local councils across the country, don’t receive any funding through the SNP Government’s Attainment Challenge Fund.
Scottish Labour Opportunity Spokesman Iain Gray said:
“We need to close the gap between the richest and the rest in Scotland. For too many children how much money their parents have determines how far they get on in life, rather than their potential and ambition. That has to change.
Under the SNP’s plans more than 1,500 schools in Scotland get no extra support to close the gap between the richest and the rest. With half a billion pounds of cuts to local services like our schools coming from the SNP Government’s budget, there is a real risk that pupils already at a disadvantage will get left even further behind.
A Scottish Labour Government would ask those lucky enough to earn over £150,000 a year to pay a little bit more in tax so we can create a Fair Start Fund to invest in our young people. It’ll mean £1,000 of extra funding for every pupil from the poorest background, and we’ll give the money directly to head teachers, who know how to spend the money better than a minister sitting in Edinburgh.
After nearly a decade in power and a majority in parliament there are no excuses for the SNP not to be using the new powers coming to Scotland to build a fairer future for our young people.”