Very concerned that North Lanarkshire Council are planning to re-allocate more than £1million in funding from the Scottish Government away from primary schools in deprived areas.

Today’s article in the Herald suggests that the Labour run council have contacted head teachers to demand that over £1.3 from an allocation of £8.8 million is handed over from the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF). The money is to be diverted in order to pay for existing classroom assistants and an administrative team at local authority headquarters.

However, the Scottish Government made it explicitly clear in the PEF guidelines should go directly to head teachers as they are best placed to decide where the funding should be spent.

Both Jamie Hepburn MSP and I have now contacted North Lanarkshire Council to question this decision and outline our concerns regarding the decision to divert funds away from these schools.

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