Children’s University Scotland have responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on measuring the ‘poverty related’ attainment gap and steps towards closing it.
The consultation was an opportunity for teachers, charities and others who play a role in children’s education, to help to decide how progress will be judged over the next few years.
CU Scotland said that we supported the government’s ambitions to reduce difference in educational attainment between children living in low and high income households. We agreed that the area where children grow up is important. However, we also think that Scottish Government should measure success by looking at how well children living in households experiencing poverty are doing in their learning compared to their better-off classmates.
Above: Super Science Day - a free, on-campus workshop provided by Glasgow Children's University aimed at helping members learn about science and experience university life in a fun, informal way.
We agreed that lots of aspects of children’s learning are important and should be part of the national approach, including literacy and numeracy as well as health and well-being. We also said it was important to make sure that all children can access high-quality out of school learning opportunities, including activities at home and family learning opportunities.
Above: We support and encourage accessible, informal learning opportunities that help children build skills, develop health and well-being and raise aspirations.
We supported the decision for the measurement framework to look at whether improvements are made at every age and stage of their education, starting in the early years. We said that as well as being simple to understand, the measures need to make sense to parents, charities and local communities, who all have a key role to play in closing the income related attainment gap.
Children’s University Scotland have offered to support Scottish Government to better understand some of the aspects of children’s education and learning that are important and to help improve the way these are captured and measured in the future.
Read our full response here.
You can find out more about the consultation and read responses from Children's University Scotland and other organisations and individuals here.