The stark impact of poverty on how successful pupils are at passing exams has been highlighted in a major new report by EducationScotland. This is from Herald Scotland…
Education Scotland’s corporate plan for 2013-16 shows pupils from the most affluent areas do nearly three times as well as those from the most deprived communities.
…Every school qualification in Scotland – from basic foundation courses to Highers and Advanced Highers – has a score associated with it.
The Education Scotland report shows pupils from the poorest backgrounds who left school in 2011/12 had an average score of some 250 points compared to nearly 600 points for those from the most affluent communities. An A grade at Higher is worth 72 points.
Iain Ellis, chairman of the National Parent Forum of Scotland, welcomed the report and called for an expansion of the number of dedicated school staff whose job it is to engage and support families in deprived communities.
He said: “All children are entitled to receive a top quality educational experience, with high aspirations about their abilities and their potential to achieve, regardless of their background.
“Extra work needs to be done within our education system to develop and sustain relationships with families from the early years through to the end of secondary school and beyond. Family support teachers might be one way to achieve this.”
Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teaching union, said it was shameful the country had not successfully tackled the growing social divide.
…Craig Munro, strategic director of Education Scotland, said: “All the indicators conclude that Scotland has a good education system, but we want to make it a great one.
“One key area of focus is the link between social background and educational outcomes and this issue needs to be challenged if we are to improve.”
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