Closing the Gap: Are attainment measures working?
This report by Holyrood’s Education, Children and Young People Committee into the Scottish Attainment Challenge, notes with concern the variation of the evidence in education performance across local authorities in Scotland.
The report asks Scotland’s education agency to urgently investigate the variations and set out the actions it is taking to ensure consistency across the country.
Teachers are singled out for praise in the report, despite some of the challenges faced in working towards closing the attainment gap. The teachers and headteachers who spoke to the Committee during the inquiry are described as “inspirational”.
Some of the Committee’s other recommendations are around ensuring that the voices of classroom teachers, parents, carers and children and young people are at the centre of plans for attainment challenge spending. The Committee asks the education agency to monitor this so that funding is used as effectively as possible.
The report also calls on the agency to monitor how local authorities ensure stability of funding for third sector partners, take account of the needs of rural schools and make sure that schools have access to external expertise to ensure they can measure the effectiveness of their interventions.
YouthLink Scotland welcomes the Scottish Attainment Challenge report from the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People Committee and are encouraged to see the Committee recognise the vital role of partners, including youth work, reinforcing the need for strong collaboration across the system to improve outcomes for children and young people impacted by poverty. Read our response here.