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Is the government closing the attainment gap?

As the SNP trumpets new figures for school leavers, we examine the facts

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A glut of newly released national education statistics on attainment and school leavers has been used by the government to paint a positive picture of Scottish education. Here we sort the spin from the facts to find out what the figures really tell us.

What are the new figures for school leavers all about?

The number who go on to “positive destinations” – notably, the difference between those from poorer and more affluent backgrounds. The gap between the numbers of pupils from the most and least deprived areas who go on to university, college or a job after school is closing, the figures show ...

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