NORTH Ayrshire schools will get just under £5 million to help close the poverty attainment gap.

More than £45 million of dedicated funding will be provided to primary and secondary schools across Scotland in 2017/18 to help pupils from low-income backgrounds succeed at school.

Schools in North Ayrshire will bag £4,874,620 of the cash for its pupils.

The Scottish Attainment Challenge is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related attainment gap.

It prioritises improvements in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in Scotland’s Primary and Secondary schools.

Nine local authorities and an additional 72 individual schools have been allocated funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge, for education initiatives and projects targeting Scotland’s most deprived children.

SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, said: “I’m delighted that schools in North Ayrshire are benefitting from this funding, which is targeted to improve the life chances of children and young people in Scotland.”