Pulling together to give children a better chance of school success

Glasgow is improving its attainment rates by looking at different ways to better serve its unique community

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One weekend, sometime in the mid-1990s, I took a bus from my home in Aberdeen back to Glasgow, where I was a student. The driver was hurtling along the motorway way too fast. At some point he must have realised that he was going to reach Buchanan Street Station well before his official arrival slot – so he decided to waste some time with an unscheduled detour through the housing schemes of Glasgow’s East End.

The places our errant driver took us past were like nothing I’d seen before. There were poverty-stricken places in Aberdeen, but nothing on this scale. Multitudes of windows were covered ...

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