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  Schools in Maryhill and Springburn will benefit from a £3m funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools, it has been revealed.   The share each school is due to receive from the Scottish Government’s new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund has been revealed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.john swinney Following his announcement Education Secretary, John Swinney said: “I want every child in Scotland to have the best possible start in life, and it is unacceptable for children from the poorest backgrounds to have their chances limited by circumstances outside their control.”   Cllr John Letford said: "I welcome this extra funding from the SNP Scottish Government for our local schools. Nearly £1 in £5 of this money will come to Glasgow, with nearly £1 million coming to Maryhill/Kelvin schools alone.John Letford I'll continue to work with our teachers, parents and pupils to close the attainment gap and these funds will help achieve that."     Cllr Franny Scally was delighted to hear the news, he said: "This money is a tremendous boost for not only Maryhill but all our schools across the city. I have been working closely with the schools in our community and I know this money will be welcomed by every parent and child in the area. However, there is much more work to be done. Franny Scally In 2009, two local schools were closed in the teeth of vocal opposition and demonstrations. The SNP opposed the closures. Cllr Letford and I have been campaigning for a new school ever since. Maryhill can have a new school in the right area by voting SNP in the forthcoming council elections."   Welcoming the announcement, SNP MSP Bob Doris said: “This funding comes as great news for every single primary and secondary school within my constituency. Maryhill and Springburn will be receiving over £3m new cash and I welcome the Scottish Government’s initiative as it will undoubtedly support many vulnerable youngsters in our communities. bobdoris “The SNP in government has made closing the poverty-related attainment gap a number one priority, and the new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund is aimed at doing just that. Every school in my area will benefit.   “This new announcement will let parents, teachers and school heads in Maryhill and Springburn can decide how to use this funding to drive up standards and tackle the inter-generational cycle of deprivation in their school.”   *17 primaries and 5 secondaries across Maryhill and Springburn are set to receive additional support worth thousands of pounds. It will be up to teachers and school leaders to decide the best way of using the funding to close the poverty-related attainment gap in their schools.                  
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