Pupil Equity Funding Update22/10/19
Spending of over £5 million to help reduce the poverty-related attainment gap in schools across Dundee will be outlined to the children and families service committee.
An update on the use of Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) will explain that for the current school year £5.037 million of additional spend has been made available in the city through the Scottish Government.
The reports shows how schools are devising initiatives to help improve prospects for children and young people affected by poverty.
The committee, on Monday October will hear how PEF has made an impact in schools through projects like outdoor and digital learning, which help with literacy and numeracy.
Other initiatives include Growth Mindset training to increase confidence and moves to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
Committee convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “Schools are targeting considerable resources from the Scottish Government into a range of imaginative and innovative projects which are really making a difference to the lives of young people.
“We need to continue our focus on how we can continue to remove obstacles to learning and attainment. All of our children and young people deserve to have the skills to take on new opportunities as they grow.
“We are on a long-term journey to increase attainment across the whole of Dundee and I would like to praise the commitment of our teachers and everyone who works in our schools.”
The report to committee looks in detail at project carried out by St Francis Primary, which include 1-1 tutoring, which is said to have made a “lasting impact” for pupils in numeracy.
The school also put in place a summer programme which meant that the primary was open for family activities across the six week holiday.
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