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Will cash help level the playing field for disadvantaged Scottish pupils?

19 October 2017 | by Lucy Hodges

EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

 

Scottish schooling used to be the envy of the world, but recently its reputation has taken a knock. The latest OECD world rankings on scores in maths, reading and science show that Scotland’s 15-year-olds recorded their worst- ever performance. The country fell from “above average” in reading and science to “average”, with English pupils out­perform­ing Scottish children in science.

The Sutton Trust Foundation has examined the figures closely and found a noticeable gap between the performance of children from poorer families compared to their better-off peers. This prompted Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell to declare: “If you are a bright child living in a poorer area in Scotland, you are two years behind the same child living in a more affluent area.”

The Scottish Government got the message.





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