Without family support, ‘attainment will not rise’

Link between adult education and school is ‘obvious’ but ignored, says college principal

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Closing the attainment gap will be impossible without more consideration of adult learning, according to the new principal of Newbattle Abbey College.

Speaking on her first day as principal, Marian Docherty, who was previously depute principal at the college for nearly nine years, says that while the government’s focus on raising attainment in schools is “right”, the policy’s full potential can never be realised without also addressing the wider lack of opportunities for families.

The former secondary school headteacher says: “The more you work with young people in schools, the more apparent ...

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