Emma Seith

Attainment gap narrower ‘in more-deprived areas’

Call to reduce variation between Scottish authorities and raise standards overall

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The attainment gap between pupils from poor backgrounds and their moreadvantaged peers is narrowest in deprived areas, a Tes Scotland analysis has shown.

And some of the most deprived parts of Scotland are significantly outperforming the most affluent areas when it comes to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

The data comes from a benchmarking tool set up by councils that places local authorities into four “family groups”, based on their deprivation levels.

At the more affluent end of the scale is a group containing East Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh; Aberdeen; Perth and ...

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