Emma Seith

Why is it so hard to close the attainment gap?

The Scottish government needs to do better at defining its aims if it wants to see more consistent improvements in education standards, writes Emma Seith

Why is it so difficult to close the disadvantage attainment gap in Scotland's schools?

Much has been made of the Scottish government’s failure to publish any version of the independent review of Curriculum for Excellence by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) before the Scottish Parliament election on 6 May.

The argument put forward by opposition politicians is that first minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted to be judged on her education record, but that there is a dearth of information on which the public can make that call. In the interests of full transparency, they insist, voters should see what the OECD has to say before they go to the ...

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