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UK - Scotland: Attainment in deprived areas

A new initiative to improve literacy, numeracy, health and well-being in primary schools, has been announced by the First Minister. The 'Scottish Attainment Challenge' will draw on the experience of the 'London Challenge' and similar initiatives. Funding will be available over a four-year period, beginning in 2015/16, and will initially be targeted at schools in the local authorities with the biggest concentrations of households in deprived areas. Participating schools will benefit from greater access to expertise and resources, such as additional teachers and classroom materials. A bespoke improvement plan, appropriate to local circumstances, will be agreed for each school or cluster of schools. This will include an agreement to gather, in a proportionate way, the data that will be required to measure the impact of the interventions supported.

Smart money on attainment
Scottish Government

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Last updated 13 March 2015

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