INVERCLYDE will be one of the 'biggest losers' from the Scottish Government's planned changes to education funding.

Education chief Ruth Binks has told MSPs that the shake up of Scottish Attainment Challenge programme could affect the council's partnership work.

The district faces a £3m cash cut under the revamp, as the government moves to allocate money across all 32 Scottish local authorities instead of focusing on where the need is greatest.

Mrs Binks and education bosses from other local authorities were quizzed by members of the Scottish Parliament's Education, Children and Young People committee about the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

She said: "If you're asking me if I would like to keep the £2.8m that we will lose, the answer is 'yes I would like to'.

"Bottom line: of course I would.

"However, I think we have to be pragmatic about this and we also have to look at different funding models.

"There is poverty throughout all of Scotland and in every education authority.

"I think the original funding model did merit revision.

"We are one of the biggest losers in that revision."

The scheme was set up to close the poverty-related attainment gap.

Inverclyde and eight other local authorities have received targeted funding to tackle high levels of poverty.

But the Scottish Government has decided to alter the funding model and split the money.

The new formula is based primarily on the number of children living in low income families, rather than targetting areas like Inverclyde which have high levels of deprivation.

The planned changes, which have been heavily criticised, would see Inverclyde's share of attainment funding slashed year on year until it is just £600,000.

Speaking to MSPs, Mrs Binks highlighted some of the activities and programmes that the council was concerned it would not be able to maintain without the funding.

She said: "Whole family wellbeing, our partnerships with the third sector, that is a worry for us.

"We have a very good partnership with the third sector that probably we could not keep going given the amount of money that we will end up with in 2024/25.

"But then there are opportunities for us now to revise how that's looked at.

She added: "All the things we've taken forward we're now looking at revisiting and revising."