Scott: School attainment figures serve as a warning to SNP

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott has criticised the Scottish Government after figures published today revealed that little progress has been made on improving educational outcomes and reducing the attainment gap, particularly for looked after children.

The latest educational attainment statistics from the Scottish Government show that the attainment gap has stuck in Scotland. Data for 2015/16 shows that the attainment gap between pupils in the 20% most deprived communities remains stuck at 19 percentage points below the Scotland-wide average.

Statistics also show that looked after children, including those living with relatives as well as those in foster placements and in residential homes, are also less likely to go onto positive destinations after school.

Commenting after the release of the figures, Tavish Scott said:

“Today’s figures should serve as a stark warning to Scottish ministers. The attainment gap between rich and poor is stuck in Scotland. This is the price for a decade of nationalist inaction.

“The First Minister has made education the central platform of this government but these latest figures demonstrate that our education system is falling further and further behind. In the rest of the UK a pupil premium has been in force since 2011 which gives extra money to schools to help raise attainment by pupils from poorer backgrounds. The SNP rejected that policy for five years. Today’s grim statistics show that the SNP were wrong.”

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