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Equity funding causes ‘catfight’ for resources among schools

Teachers set out the shortcomings of government scheme created to help close the attainment gap

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The £120 million pot of cash that the Scottish government has handed directly to heads to fund the closing of the attainment gap has led to a “catfight” over resources, MSPs have been told.

They also heard from teachers and heads that the teacher shortage was “hampering” schools’ ability to spend the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) money as they would like.

One head said that, while welcome, PEF – which gives schools an extra £1,200 for every pupil registered for free school meals – had “merely topped up resources to where they were 10 or 12 years ago”.

Last year, Tes Scotland reported that concerns ...

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