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Is extra funding closing the attainment gap?

Minister claims the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is narrowing

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The Scottish government is pumping millions into education in a bid to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. It has now published a report on the impact of this increased spending.

The findings prompted education secretary John Swinney to say that it was “heartening” to see progress was being made. Here, we take a closer look at the research – and ask whether he is right to be optimistic.

So, did the report show that the attainment gap was closing?

The 171-page report focuses on the first two years of the £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund (2015-16 and 2016-17) and therefore ...

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