Fife school funding to close pupils' attainment gap

Tracy McCallum (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)Tracy McCallum (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)
Tracy McCallum (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)
A primary school in Fife is supporting pupils in its bid to close the attainment gap.

Southwood Primary in Macedonia has had funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

The project aims to achieve equity in educational outcomes, with a particular focus on closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

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Through the Scottish Government funding, Southwood has employed a family support worker to aid pupils and families to identify and share support that they may need.

Family support worker Tracy McCallum said: “I offer an opportunity for pupils and their families to be heard and to identify any support that they need. I liaise with school management on their behalf and can also signpost them to any services they may need.

“I link with other services to achieve the best outcomes for families, which was highlighted with the recent holiday support with activity packs prepared by the Community Learning and Development team, alongside cooking packs with recipes and ingredients.”

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Tracy has also been helping tackle holiday hunger and holds workshops on topics such as effective budgeting and cookery classes for parents.

She added: “With funding from the Cafe Inc budget we were able to buy and make up food packs for 40 families in both weeks of the October holidays.

“I have also offered a range of groups including arts and crafts, baking, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, household budgets, and held four sessions of the REHIS elementary cooking skills course.

“We have a really passionate and committed group of parents and carers at Southwood and they always do what they feel is best for their children.”

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