Councillors today voted through new arrangements for the allocation of funding for additional support needs in Moray schools.
A new formula spanning the next three years has been drawn up by education officers designed to make allocations more equitable and fair.
Members of the council’s children and young people’s services committee agreed that before the new arrangements come into effect in August discussions are held with parents who have expressed concerns about the change.
The annual budget of £7.5million will be used to provide classroom support to more than 3000 pupils with additional support needs.
A motion from Councillor Douglas Ross to defer implementation of the new formula for a year pending consultation with parents was defeated by 11 votes to four.
The voting was as follows:
For the new arrangements: Cllrs Alexander (Ind), Coull (SNP), Creswell (Ind), Paul (SNP), Reid (SNP), Shand (SNP), Skene (Ind), Tuke (Ind), Wright (Con), plus two school representatives.
Against: Cllrs Allan (Con), Howe (SNP), Maclean (SNP), Ross (Con)
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
Headquartered in Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.