School isn’t the be-all and end-all of a fair education

It has been said many times, but needs repeating – the attainment gap cannot be closed by teachers alone

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The Scottish government’s overarching goal of closing the attainment gap between our least and most disadvantaged children cannot be achieved solely by implementing the recommendations from its recent Education Governance Review. This is because they focus almost exclusively on the education system – which in isolation cannot possibly enable every child to fulfil their potential, however hard it tries.

Achieving the goal will be as complex and challenging as the issues that have given rise to the attainment gap in the first place. It’s the right goal and we welcome the ambition, but success ...

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