July 30, 2020

A scheme that offers recognition and acknowledgement to survivors of historical childhood abuse in care has made payments of £10,000 each to 417 people in its first year. 

The Advance Payment Scheme provides redress payments to those who were abused in care in Scotland and who are terminally ill or aged 68 or over. 

Deputy First Minister John Swin...

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 23, 2020

People who have been advised to shield because of COVID-19, will no longer have to do so from Saturday 01 August.

Those affected will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith, outlining updated guidance as well as the pause in shielding, which is possible due to the continuing low levels of COVID-19 infection in Scotland.

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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 25, 2020

Statistics on school leaver destinations show that the gap between young people from the most and least deprived communities entering a ‘positive destination’ in North Ayrshire has more than halved since 2009/10.

The percentage has gone from 79.6% to 88.1% for the 20% most deprived and from 83.9% to 91.7% to the 20-40% most deprived.

The prop...

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 16, 2020

Children eligible for free school meals will be among those who continue to be supported over the summer through a package of £27.6 million of additional funding from the SNP Government.

The funding will ensure councils can continue to provide free school meals during the summer holidays and food to help low income families during the coronavirus...

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 14, 2020

A quarter of a million packages containing essential supplies have been delivered to people across Scotland facing the highest clinical risks from COVID-19.

The free boxes, which include vital food and toiletries, are dropped off weekly to the homes of people who are shielding.

More than 50,000 individuals have already signed up for the deliveries...

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...

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