Welcome for £1.5m funding package for schools

PRAISE: MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed news that Scottish fleets will not face a reduction in days at sea.
PRAISE: MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed news that Scottish fleets will not face a reduction in days at sea.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed a £1.5million funding pledge to ensure that all pupils, regardless of background, have an equal opportunity to succeed.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance announced the list of successful applicants last week.

The fund will help reduce barriers to learning experienced by children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Three Fraserburgh schools- Lochpots Primary, Fraserburgh North Primary and St Andrew’s Primary are all set to benefit from this funding announcement.

The fund allows schools to support pupils through providing access to school resources, IT, school trips and mentoring.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said: “No child should be left behind at school simply owing to not being able to afford to fully participate in school life.

“We must strive to close the attainment gap and ensure that pupils have the chance to succeed in life.

“The Access to Education funding awards will help schools in Fraserburgh to achieve this.”

Cllr Charles Buchan also commented: “This is good news for North-East schools, and especially for the schools in my Ward which will receive a large share of the money available.

“Fraserburgh’s Lochpots School, St. Andrews School, and the North School, will all benefit from funding targeted at disadvantaged children whose parents cannot afford educational visits, music tuition, and books, as well as more general costs,” he added.