July 23, 2020

SNP Government funding of £50 million will be ring-fenced for the recruitment of approximately 850 extra teachers and around 200 additional support staff as local authorities plan for the re-opening of schools.

Addressing Parliament on Thursday, Education Secretary John Swinney MSP also pledged that £20 million will be allocated to help councils...

July 16, 2020

The COVID-19 Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues has published scientific advice for the safe re-opening of schools and the resumption of school transport.

The advice will inform the development of comprehensive guidance on how to ensure the safe re-opening of schools for learners, teachers and families. This includes a package...

June 24, 2020

Having long supported the ambition to have our schools return full-time on 11 August, Kenneth welcomed the Education Secretary’s decision yesterday after John Swinney MSP made a statement on education recovery in the Scottish Parliament.

Blended learning has been a contingency plan that was and is necessary and, for the last month councils and te...

June 10, 2020

Pupils living in North Ayrshire’s most deprived communities will benefit from another £5.8 million targeted funding from the Attainment Scotland Fund to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

Nine local councils with the highest concentrations of deprivation in Scotland, known as “Challenge Authorities”, will share £43 million of investme...

May 6, 2020

Pupils across North Ayrshire will benefit from a further £8.8 million Pupil Equity Funding from the SNP Government over this and next year, taking the total allocation to £22,050,120 since the programme began in 2017.

For the first time, Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) allocations have been confirmed for two years to provide more certainty for head teach...

April 20, 2020

Across Scotland 140,000 children and young people are being provided with a free school meal as part of efforts to support the most vulnerable during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The SNP Government has provided local authority partners with £30 million of new investment to support families unable to access food as a result of COVID-19, wi...

April 3, 2020

Learning and childcare hubs for the children of key workers will remain open across Scotland over the Easter holidays, scheduled from Monday 06 April until Friday 17 April.

The move will help support NHS staff and other key workers on the frontline of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

All of Scotland’s local authorities will keep learni...

February 4, 2020

Education Secretary John Swinney MSP hailed attainment improvements in refurbished or replaced schools when he joined Ladyloan and Muirfield primary pupils to open Scotland's 99th and 100th Schools for the Future last week. 


Pupils across North Ayrshire have also benefitted from the programme a...

October 18, 2019

According to the latest figures published by the Scottish Funding Council, 95.9% of students graduating from Ayrshire College went on to a positive leaving destination in 2017/18, up from 94.7% in the previous year. 


Of Ayrshire College leavers, 51.0% headed straight into work, higher than the national average of 4...

October 1, 2019

The SNP Government will provide an opportunity for care experienced people to attend college or university.
From autumn 2020, more care-experienced students will be eligible for an annual £8,100 a year bursary when the upper age limit of 26 is removed.
The Care Experienced Bursary has already had significant uptake, with more than 1,000 high...

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