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A week in primary: 17 March 2017

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First minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that education is “still my defining mission” after announcing that a second referendum on Scottish independence should take place by spring 2019. Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly stated that her government’s record should be judged on whether the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils is closed. The Growing Up in Scotland longitudinal study has shown that, according to some educational measures, children from deprived areas can be up to 18 months behind before even starting P1.

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