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With allocations from the Scottish Government’s new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund now announced as part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge, our Raising Attainment in Schools course explores how schools and local authorities can most effectively utilise funding to deliver targeted interventions which reduce the impact of deprivation on educational outcomes.

On this course delegates will learn from primary and secondary schools and local authorities that have implemented successful approaches to accelerating improvements in literacy and numeracy, working collaboratively with other agencies and reducing the attainment gap for disadvantaged learners.

Delegates will work closely with our chair Frank Crawford, former Chief Inspector of Education in Scotland, and leave the day with an action plan to develop a whole school approach to closing the attainment gap in their school.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the Scottish Government’s policies and funding regarding attainment
  • Learn how to effectively plan for the new Pupil Equity Fund
  • Hear best practice on effective approaches to improve literacy and numeracy skills
  • Position yourself to evidence and demonstrate progress in attainment
  • Create a whole school approach to raising attainment
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09:15 - 09:45

Welcome & Registration

09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Introduction and Clarification of the Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Recent Developments in Raising Attainment

  • Understand the Scottish Governments plans for raising attainment and reduce child poverty
  • Identify how best to utilise the funding available from the Pupil Equity Fund
  • Share ideas on implementing early intervention schemes to reduce the attainment gap
  • Ascertain the role of Curriculum for Excellence in raising attainment
10:30 - 11:15

Collaborative Approaches to Raising Attainment: The Role of Local Authorities

  • Identify how local authorities can support and encourage head teachers and schools to tackle educational inequalities in their area
  • Establish how to develop a collaborative approach with schools and other councils
  • Learn from best practice how to put plans in place to successfully improve school performance in your community and locality
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:45

Raising Literacy and Numeracy Standards amongst Disadvantaged Learners

  • Support teachers to apply numeracy and literacy skills in their subject areas
  • Ensure disadvantaged students are targeted within your numeracy programme
  • Promote a ‘responsibility of all’ approach within your school
  • Learn how to develop an approach to numeracy that is accessible for all
  • Explore how to teach reading and writing to all pupils using a multi-sensory approach.
  • Show how we introduce the 42 sounds of the English language and how they are used to teach children to read and write effectively.
  • Cater for children with Additional Support Needs and children for whom English is a second language, with an inclusive, engaging programme.
  • Embed innovative methods for an inter-disciplinary curriculum
12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Develop a Whole School Approach to Raising Attainment

  • Utilise data to help measure and monitor performance and improvement
  • How to use self-evaluation and models to identify strengths and areas for improvement
  • Using targeted interventions to increase attainment
  • Identify how to develop effective improvement plans and achievement pathways for all learners
14:15 - 14:30

Afternoon Break

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop: Effectively Raise Attainment across Your School

  • Develop your school attainment plan – how can your school tackle the issues of attainment and improve performance across the school?
  • Foster a cultural expectation for all students to achieve
  • Maximise outcomes by supporting quality teaching and learning in your school and locality
  • Identify what training can help support all staff achieve in raising attainment
  • Establish best practice with peers and the chair as to how challenge educational inequalities
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


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