Hyslop Welcomes £256,505 Funding Boost for West Lothian Schools

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Hyslop Welcomes £256,505 Funding Boost for West Lothian Schools

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news from the Scottish Government that 2 schools in her constituency in West Lothian will receive £256,505 in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

Commenting, Fiona said;

“I am pleased that St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn and Bridgend Primary in Linlithgow will benefit from a share of £256,505 from the Scottish Government’s additional Attainment Challenge Funding.

“This funding is targeted to improve the life chances and opportunities of young people in West Lothian who need it the most. It will prioritise improving literacy, numeracy and the health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in our local schools.

“It is vital that all our children get the best possible education and support and the best possible start in life, regardless what school they attend or where they live.”

St Thomas’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Addiewell is the third school in West Lothian to benefit from this funding.

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Notes for Editor:

The Scottish Attainment Challenge is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related attainment gap.

Nine local authorities and an additional 72 individual schools have been allocated funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge, for education initiatives and projects targeting Scotland’s most deprived children.

In addition to the nine local authorities who will benefit from Challenge Attainment Funding, 72 individual schools have also been allocated Challenge Attainment Funding. In West Lothian, St Kentigerns Academy in Blackburn, Bridgend Primary in Linlithgow and St Thomas’s RC Primary in Addiewell.

This funding takes the Challenge Authorities and Schools Programme into its third successive year.