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Attainment Gap Debate, 29/10/14 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 29 October 2014 on the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools. The debate was opened by Liz Smith (Con).

At decision time the following amended motion was agreed to:

That the Parliament notes that Scotlandís schools compare strongly when measured against international standards; believes that the greatest challenge facing Scottish education is the impact of poverty and inequality on pupilsí ability to learn; further believes that the policies of the UK Government are increasing poverty and inequality; recognises that this leads directly to an unacceptably high number of young people from deprived backgrounds who do not participate in further or higher education, employment or training; further recognises that, in addition to economic policies designed to address unemployment and poverty, educational policy should focus on mitigating the barriers to educational achievement created by this inequality, and agrees that the curriculum for excellence is delivering improved outcomes using evidence-based approaches to raise attainment including a focus on strong leadership, high quality learning and teaching, literacy, numeracy and parental engagement.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 October 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 October 2014