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.
NEW - Which variables have the greatest impact on student achievement?
The Visible Learning research base is the culmination of 25 years of work to answer this question. More HERE
Educational psychologists critique approaches
Research on what works on closing the poverty-related attainment gap. More HERE
“Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like”
Every kid needs a champion – the awesome Rita Pierson. More HERE
Aberdeen children advise on how to get the transition from primary to secondary right for them. Download the pdf doc HERE
What is dyscalculia?
Is it really dyslexia for numbers? Download the pdf doc HERE
Anxiety in the classroom
What it looks like and why it’s mistaken for something else. More HERE
Pointers for Parents and Learners from National Parent Forum
A guide to learning and revising for National Qualifications in the Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence. Download the pdf doc HERE
Primary to Secondary transitions
What supports or hinders a successful transition? University of Dundee was commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake this literature review. More HERE
Pupil Equity Funding
Information about allocations and updated guidance published. More HERE
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
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
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
Scottish Book Trust resources for teachers and librarians
Resources and tips for everyone interested in promoting reading. 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
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
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
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