Speaking in response to the announcment by the Scottish Government of allocations from their attainment fund, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:
“It is welcome that the SNP have reversed their policy and will now back the Lib Dem idea Pupil Premium in Scotland, paying extra money to schools to raise attainment.
“Until now SNP members have queued up to complain about the proposal, one even went so far as to say the plan was ‘ridiculous and dangerous’.
“However it is difficult to understand why the SNP insist on cutting the funding of the programme compared to that in England. The pupil premium in the rest of the UK has had proven success. There is no evidence that the SNP will be able to do it on the cheap and achieve the same results.
“That is why the Scottish Liberal Democrats have been arguing for a fully-funded pupil premium in the Scottish Budget. If the SNP listen to us then the £120m will rise to £190m in the budget.”