Education is about where you are going, not where you are from. With this in mind, raising attainment for all means every part of our education system has a part to play.

Learning Together: Scotland’s national action plan on parental involvement, parental engagement, family learning and learning at home.

The three year plan helps ensure parents and families are supported to be involved in the life and work of their child’s school or early learning and childcare. More HERE

Celebrations for exams results for care experienced young people

SQA has delivered results certificates to over 135,000 candidates including care-experienced young people at a special celebration. More HERE

Schools can’t fix poverty, but a little empathy goes a long way

More than anything else, adults in schools need to be able to build positive relationships with children and young people. Empathy is central to our ability to support children and young people. More HERE

Attainment, achievement and poverty

The Education and Skills Committee of the Scottish Parliament has published its report on its inquiry on the attainment and achievement of school aged children experiencing poverty. The Committee explores issues such as resources, PEF, hunger and cost of the school day. Read the pdf report HERE

Issues related to Dyslexia

Dyslexia does not normally exist by itself. Most children with dyslexia also have other related difficulties. More HERE

Food and raising attainment

Breakfast clubs and summer holiday food programmes impact on children’s cognitive performance and their friendships. More HERE

Pupil Equity Fund: information for 3rd sector

PEF is being directly allocated to schools and is targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap. More HERE

Attainment work profiled on National Improvement Hub

Educational psychologists have assessed some of the techniques being used, in particular in the fields of numeracy and health and wellbeing. More HERE

How good is our school library? A guide

The school library plays a central role in helping children and young people gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for learning, life and work. More HERE

More music will impact on attainment

A school in Bradford has seen great impact on literacy and wellbeing from its music programme. More HERE

Education Reform statement from Deputy First Minister

Includes development of Regional Improvement Collaboratives, routes into teaching and Inspection. More HERE

Doing our Best! Children’s Parliament and Aberdeen City publish evaluation of Attainment programme

Doing our Best is delivered in the city’s Attainment Challenge Primary Schools, evaluation evidences impact on learner/academic self-perception and the development of rights-based relationships. More HERE

Youth work as informal education

Dona Milne, Chair of the National Youth Work Research Group, explores why increasing educational attainment in Scotland means more than investing in schools alone. More HERE

Equality and equity – what’s the difference?

The terms are important when we think about education – but how would you explain them? Have a look at this pdf HERE

The Scottish Attainment Challenge within overall school improvement

We have a once in a career opportunity to make a significant breakthrough for children living in poverty in Scotland through the Scottish Attainment Challenge: read the blog by Graeme Logan, Strategic Director, Education Scotland. More HERE

Can playing chess change a community and raise attainment and aspiration?

An inspiring story from rural Mississippi. More HERE

The Scottish Learning Festival 2017

The Festival is on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September in Glasgow. Education Scotland is now accepting seminar proposals for the conference programme. The theme is ‘Promoting excellence and equity for Scotland's learners’. More HERE

Scottish Book Trust resources for teachers and librarians

Resources and tips for everyone interested in promoting reading. More HERE

National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education - 2016 Evidence Report

An overview of what we know about Scottish education and the context in which our children and young people learn; with evidence on achievement, attainment, health and wellbeing, and the wider education system, with a specific focus on impact of poverty. More HERE

2017 National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan

The Plan is about improvement in attainment, health and wellbeing and positive destinations for young people and addresses teacher professionalism, parental engagement and school leadership. More HERE

Do teachers need to care?

Nel Noddings argues that caring relations will not accomplish everything that must be done in education, but they are the foundation for successful pedagogical activity. More HERE

Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks for Literacy/English and Numeracy/Mathematics

Benchmarks set out clear statements about what learners need to know and be able to do to achieve a level in Literacy and English and Numeracy and Mathematics. You can feedback your views on these. More HERE

Raising Attainment for All and Early Years Collaborative become one

RAFA and EYC are to become the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative with a first joint Learning Session for those using Improvement Methodology in Glasgow in November. Download the pdf HERE

The attainment gap - a look behind the stats

With looked after children and young people in mind, Linda O’Neill reminds us that even excellent programmes need strong implementation. More HERE

Music instruction improves cognitive, socio-emotional development in young children

A study by neuroscientists evidences the impact of music instruction on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. More HERE

Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education: A Delivery Plan for Scotland

The actions outlined are focussed around the Governments educational priorities including closing the attainment gap. More HERE

Expansion of Scottish Attainment Challenge

The Scottish Attainment Challenge will be extended to support up to 133 secondary schools across Scotland, and East Ayrshire and Renfrewshire will become challenge authorities. More HERE

John Muir Award links to Attainment

The Trust sees our environment – and the protection and enjoyment of wild places through outdoor learning in schools and colleges, community and youth work – as contributing significantly and positively to Scotland’s attainment challenge. More HERE

It doesn’t have to be this way

In the new issue of REACH magazine Linda O’Neill from CELCIS explores how to close the attainment gap for children looked after at home. Download the pdf HERE

Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy 2015

Results from the Numeracy themed survey are available. Numeracy performance was highest at P4 and P7 with 66 per cent of pupils at each stage performing well or very well. At S2, only 40 per cent of pupils performed well or very well. Pupils from the least deprived areas performed better in numeracy than other pupils, across all stages. More HERE

Scottish Attainment Challenge

The Scottish Attainment Challenge aims to raise the attainment of children and young people living in deprived areas in order to close the equity gap by focusing and accelerating targeted improvement activity in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in specific areas of Scotland. More HERE

First Minister addresses attainment

The First Minister has been talking about the Scottish Government’s commitment to Raising Attainment, supported by the 4 year Scottish Attainment Challenge. The Challenge will focus specifically on - and provide additional funding for - literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools in the most deprived communities. More HERE

Experiences of Parental Involvement among Families from Ethnic Minorities

The Gathered Together initiative explores both tensions and solutions to promote greater parental involvement by ethnic minority parents in their school communities. Downlad the pdf HERE

Focus Point

A resource for learners without a social tradition of further education and currently being piloted in 40 high schools in West of Scotland. FOCUS Point aims to support pupils in their learning and career choices, helping them to think ahead to their options after school.  More HERE

Pupil participation linked to achievement and attainment

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People report that children and young people’s participation in school life is linked to achievement and attainment. Download pdf HERE

Supporting Writing Difficulties

CALL Scotland has produced a new resource in the form of a question and answer ‘checklist’ helping to identify problems and suggesting a range of technology focused solutions to support students who have a physical problem with writing. More HERE

Using collaboration and enquiry to tackle educational inequality

The School Improvement Partnership Programme has used data and collaborative enquiry to innovate, test and refine new approaches to tackle the attainment gap. Download pdf HERE

PINS Raising Attainment for All seminar report

The seminar introduced the RAFA programme with presentations from Scottish Government and practitioners using the model. More HERE

Education Scotland NEWS

The latest ES News focuses on tackling inequality. Download pdf HERE

The impact of poverty and deprivation on learners

National data published in June 2014 on average tariff scores and the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy highlight that pupils living in the most deprived areas are less likely to do well in comparison to their peers living in less deprived areas. More HERE

Building the Ambition

The guidance supports practitioners to focus on the important aspects of developmental stages and what children need at different times from their early years learning experiences, adult interaction and the early learning and childcare environment. Download pdf HERE

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