South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine is today welcoming the extension of the Scottish Government’s Attainment Fund, as well as highlighting its record on school refurbishments.
Underlining the party’s unwavering commitment to improving education in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today announced that the Attainment fund will be extended to help 57 more schools in another 14 local authority areas – including Kelloholm School in Dumfriesshire.
The fund - launched in February this year - focuses on improving literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing in primary schools in these areas, with the clear objective being to give all primary-school age pupils – regardless of background - the best start in life.
The SNP MSP said:
“The extension of the Attainment Fund is very welcome indeed. Scotland’s children must be given everything they need to fulfil their full potential in life and the Attainment Fund is an important step in the right direction. Since coming to office in 2007 the SNP has worked tirelessly to improve education - pre-school age children now benefit from 600 hours of free childcare, compared to only 412 in 2007. The SNP is committed to making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up – and today’s announcement will help make this a reality.”
Ms McAlpine also highlighted the Scottish Government’s track record on school refurbishments. She said:
“The space in which children and young people learn also has a key role to play in their success at school. This SNP Scottish Government has rebuilt or refurbished 526 schools since 2007 - 198 more schools than were completed over the preceding eight years and is committed to improving the condition of all our schools and ensuring that all our children and young people – including those here in Dumfries and Galloway – have modern schools to go to.”