Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie today said “attainment funding was supposed to follow the child, not the police” after research by children’s charity Aberlour uncovered that nearly £2 million of Pupil Equity Funding has been spent putting cops into schools.
Under Glasgow’s SNP leadership almost £1m of Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) was spent on campus cops.
This is despite the purpose of PEF being “closing the poverty related attainment gap” and providing extra support to boost individual attainment.
West Lothian, North Ayrshire, Fife and South Lanarkshire also reported PEF cash being used to boost police presence in schools.
Willie Rennie MSP said:
“This system is supposed to see £1200 given to schools to raise the attainment of each child who needs it. To find huge amounts are instead being diverted to putting cops in corridors is shocking.
“I want to see this money go towards breakfast clubs, extra in-class support and more. That’s how to help give children the best start in life. Instead, the cash that is supposed to support individual learning and development is going towards campus cops. It’s hard to see how that will raise attainment.
“It took Scottish Liberal Democrats years to persuade the SNP to establish this funding for the poorest pupils. Funding was supposed to follow the child. Now we find its being spent on hiring police to follow the child.”