The North-east schools receiving the most money to reduce the attainment gap have been revealed.
Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) totalling almost £9 million has been allocated to 229 primary and secondary schools in the region,
Of the £2.74m ring-fenced for Aberdeen schools, Bramble Brae, Heathryburn, Manor Park, Tullos, Walker Road and Woodside schools are getting more than £100,000 each.
Aberdeenshire schools receiving the biggest chunk of £2.56m for the area include Macduff, Lochpots in Fraserburgh, Gordon Primary in Huntly, Fraserburgh South and North, Clerkhill in Peterhead, Buchanhaven and Banff, with more than £50,000 allocated to each.
In Moray, £1.27m will be handed out to primary and secondary schools, with New Elgin earmarked for more than £100,000, and Seafield, Millbank, Hythehill, and East End schools receiving in excess of £50,000 from the PEF. Meanwhile, schools in Angus are to receive £2.1m.
Allocations of the Scottish Government cash are based on the number of pupils from primary one to secondary three who are eligible and registered for free school meals, with schools receiving around £1,200 per pupil.
More than 7,000 students are expected to benefit from the money, which will be spent at the discretion of teachers and school leaders to close the poverty-related attainment gap in their schools.
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Education Minister John Swinney said pupils will start to see the benefits soon.
He said: “I want every child in Scotland to have the best possible start in life.
“It is unacceptable for children from the poorest backgrounds to have their chances limited by circumstances outside their control.
“Ring-fenced funding will enable individual schools to target support where it is needed the most.
“The allocations will let parents, teachers and school leaders see how much funding their schools will receive in 2017-18 to help break the inter-generational cycle of deprivation.”
The North-east attainment gap was highlighted last year, when it was revealed more than a third of Aberdeen school children could not read or write to the national level.
The Scottish Government was accused of failing thousands of children across the North-east after schools in Aberdeen recorded the lowest number of pupils achieving the expected levels for literacy and numeracy, falling at least 10% below the national average in every category assessed.
The worst statistics recorded revealed 51% of primary seven pupils in Aberdeen were unable to write to the national level, with 42% at the same stage unable to achieve numeracy targets and43% not reading to the expected level by their final year in primary school.
In Aberdeenshire, pupils at the same level mostly achieved within 10% of the national average across the disciplines. The poorest scores for Aberdeenshire pupils were in numeracy and reading among primary sevens, which sat at 10% below the national average.
Mr Swinney admitted that significant improvements are required in some local authorities and encouraged parents to discuss it with their child’s school.
The data was gathered by teachers using a non-standard assessment and measured pupil achievement against the Curriculum for Excellence.