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Attainment Gap Written Answer, 24/06/15 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Angus MacDonald's (SNP) question asking the Scottish Government how it ensures that universities and colleges work together with local and regional schools and communities to close the attainment gap for students from the poorest backgrounds.

The Cabinet Secreatry for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, replied that Mr MacDonald rightly highlights the need for the education system to work together to close the attainment gap. A good example is the Schools for Higher Education Programme which supports regional collaboration between schools, colleges and universities to raise awareness of, and aspiration to, higher education.

Already, focus on this issue seems to be making a difference, as indicated by the UCAS figures I referenced earlier showing a 50% increase since 2006 in the application rate to universities from 18 year-olds from our most deprived communities. But there is more to do, and the Commission on Widening Access will advise ministers on meeting our full ambitions for widening access.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 24 June 2015 which is available form the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 24 June 2015