Two schools in Falkirk will benefit from dedicated Scottish Government funding in the coming academic year to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

Michael Matheson MSP has welcomed the announcement that Langlees Primary and Falkirk High are to receive a total of £282,768 in 2017/18 to help pupils from low-income backgrounds succeed at school.

The money will be provided as part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge, which prioritises improvements in literacy and numeracy skills as well as the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s most deprived pupils.

Falkirk West MSP Mr Matheson said: “Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of the Scottish Government.

“We are providing £750million across Scotland during the course of this parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap – and this latest round of funding will ensure that schools where the need is greatest have substantial additional cash for the coming year to help pupils who are affected by poverty.

“I’m delighted that Falkirk High and Langlees Primary will benefit from this funding as we continue to work hard to improve the life chances of our children and young people. I know the committed staff and pupils at these schools will make the most of this welcome support.”