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NEW COMMUNITY SCHOOLS FUNDING

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A further 14 councils were today given confirmation of funding to roll out the new community school approach in the...
A further 14 councils were today given confirmation of funding to roll out the new community school approach in their areas.

This brings to 30 the number of councils which have been given clearance to begin this work.

New Community Schools bring teachers, social workers, family workers and health personnel together to develop services centred on the needs of children and their families.

Minister for education and young people Cathy Jamieson said:

'The provision of integrated services focussed on the needs of the individual child, which is fundamental to the new community school approach, is a key element in our strategy for closing the attainment gap.

'In May, I announced firm allocations for 16 councils to take forward this work. Today, I'm delighted to say that another 14 councils have the green light to roll out the new community school approach. I look forward to agreeing proposals with the remaining two councils over the coming weeks.'

The allocations which have been confirmed today are:

Authority 2002/03 2003/04

Aberdeenshire£ 556,320£ 834,480

Angus£ 250,800£ 250,800

Argyll & Bute£ 202,160£ 202,160

Clackmannanshire£ 114,000£ 114,000

East Ayrshire£ 288,800£ 288,800

Edinburgh City£ 758,480£ 758,480

Glasgow City£1,179,520£1,179,520

Inverclyde£ 203,680£ 203,680

Midlothian£ 197,600£ 296,400

North Ayrshire£ 656,640£ 738,720

North Lanarkshire£ 798,000£1,197,000

Perth & Kinross£ 281,200£ 421,800

Scottish Borders£ 238,640£ 357,960

South Ayrshire£ 513,760£ 577,980

Funding allocations for Dundee City Council and Shetland Council have still to be confirmed.

The New Community School (NCS) pilot programme started in 1999. There are currently 62 pilot projects across Scotland (two in each local authority - with the exception of Orkney and Shetland, which have one each) involving over 400 schools. The Scottish Executive has committed£37.2m to support the initiative. NCS projects may involve a single school or clusters of schools, and often involve work across nursery, primary and secondary level.

The then education minister, Jack McConnell, announced on 12 November 2001 that additional funding worth£30.6m over two years would be available to roll out the new community school approach across all schools in Scotland. These resources amount to£14.1m in 2002-03 and£16.5m in 2003-04. Roll out funding to 16 councils was announced on 27 May 2002.

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