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Educational Attainment (Impact of Severe Deprivation) Oral Question, 18/03/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 18 March 2015 Neil Bibby (Lab) asked the Scottish Government what the impact is of severe deprivation on a childís educational attainment.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied that the impact of severe deprivation on attainment starts early. The growing up in Scotland study identified that by the age of five the gap in vocabulary development is already 13 months, and it grows throughout primary and secondary school. In the 10 per cent most deprived areas of Scotland, fewer than one in three pupils leave school with at least one higher; in the most affluent areas, more than four out of five do.

Until we close the attainment gap and ensure that all Scotlandís children and young people get an equal chance in our schools, education will not fulfil its full potential as a societal good. That is why last month we launched the Scottish attainment challenge, backed up by the £100 million attainment Scotland fund, to bring a renewed focus and urgency to tackling the attainment gap, building on the progress that has been made in recent years.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 18 March 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 18 March 2015