Vincent Docherty

Look at the data again: our students do not fare worse

Statistics on students from disadvantaged backgrounds paint a false picture

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I would like to address the measures currently in place for comparing the performance of local authorities, particularly for the attainment of those pupils who are from disadvantaged backgrounds (“Attainment gap narrower ‘in more-deprived areas’”, Insight, Tes Scotland, 24 March).

According to data contained within the Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF), it would appear that those pupils within Aberdeenshire Council from more disadvantaged backgrounds do significantly less well when compared with similar groups of pupils across the country. This is simply not the case.

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