Review of Devolved School Management Scheme

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Nearly £5 million of new Scottish Government funding is to be targeted at Dundee schools to help in efforts to close the poverty related attainment gap. 

The money is coming through Pupil Equity Funding announced as part of the 2017-18 budget settlement in December. 

A report to the city council’s children and families service committee will consider a proposal that a review of the devolved school management scheme goes ahead to take account of this new funding. 

Members of the committee will be told the scheme represents £1,200 per pupil from P1 to S3 eligible and registered for free school meals and will be allocated directly to head teachers. 

This new funding is additional to the annual £4.5 million Dundee that is receiving from the Scottish Attainment Challenge over the next four years. 

Children and families service convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “Pupil Equity Funding is a welcome additional resource for Dundee schools  and will help us in our ongoing efforts to help close the attainment gap across the city. 

“The allocation of this funding directly to head teachers will have implications on our devolved school management scheme and I think it is sensible to look at this and make any necessary adjustments. 

“This review will look at areas like recruitment and also, procurement, scrutiny of expenditure and work with the third sector. 

“I am keen that we can make sure that the pupil equity fund can have the maximum impact on those at whom it is aimed – the young people themselves.” 

The children and families service committee meets on Monday January 23.

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