Ensuring the health and wellbeing of pupils in Fife is the first step on the road to closing the poverty attainment gap.

And schools in the Kirkcaldy area have begun a range of measures, with money from the government’s Pupil Equity Fund, to help achieve that aim.

From setting up clubs to help pupils experiencing chaotic lifestyles to providing extra support in the classrooms, family support workers, psychologists and classes where pupils can learn alongside their parents, a whole range of things are being tried out to see what works best.

The funding was allocated directly to identified schools by the Scottish Government as part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge programme which started last year.

And schools in the Balwearie, St Andrew’s, Viewforth and Kirkcaldy High School clusters have been working together to come up with ways to tackle the wide range of problems experienced by children from families hit by poverty.

Fife schools received a total of £9.3 million, which each school’s allocation calculated using information from the Healthy Living Survey and Pupil Census based on the number of pupils registered for free school meals.

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