Extra funding for north east Fife schools

Secondary schools are to receive �211,200.
Secondary schools are to receive �211,200.

North east Fife politicians have welcomed almost £1 million of Scottish Government funding for schools in the area.

The funding comes from the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) and goes directly to headteachers to help them close poverty-related attainment gap.

Schools in north east Fife are set to receive almost £1 million in funding from the PEF – around £727,440 for primary schools and £211,200 for its four secondary schools.

Allocation of funding is decided using figures for the number of number of pupils from P1 to S3 who are eligible and registered for free school meals.

Stephen Gethins MP said: “It is fantastic that every school in north east Fife will benefit from PEF.

“The cash empowers headteachers to work in partnership with their staff and local authorities to look at how they close the attainment gap.

“North east Fife may be relatively affluent compared to other areas of Fife but there is a significant amount of poverty and this money will help teachers ensure that every child gets the same chances.

“I’m pleased that Scottish Government Ministers have decided to introduce a cap so schools don’t lose funding, in this case it benefits Balmullo, Ceres, Crail, Lawhead and Pittenweem.”

Cupar councillor Karen Marjoram added: “Our local schools do a fantastic job and PEF funding will help headteachers direct resources to close the attainment gap.”