‘At least that poor wee soul got something’

For too long, disadvantaged young people have been fobbed off with meaningless qualifications – so let’s give them a head start by using the Pupil Equity Fund to target early education, argues Kenny Pieper

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Scotland is rightly ashamed of the gap between rich and poor, especially in our schools. If we believe that education is a right, then we need to be aware that those who grow up in poverty are already facing massive disadvantage before they even turn up at our door. Statistics on the effect of poor literacy skills later in life are startling, so the fact that we see those problems embedded before a child even arrives at school is shameful.

We could argue all day about whether things are harder for schoolchildren today than they were for us – whichever generation we belong to. In my day, I was ...

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