Poverty-related Attainment Gap

Poverty in Scotland 2021: towards a 2030 without poverty. Published in association with Glasgow Caledonian University SPIRU and WiSE Centre, The Poverty Alliance and I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University​


The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights – Ethnicity and Poverty in Scotland report (December 2020)


Audit Scotland Report: Improving outcomes for young people through school education


The Scottish Government: Closing the poverty-related attainment gap: A report on progress 2016-2021. Summary report, March 2021


The Cost of Learning in Lockdown (March 2021 update) Scotland published by the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland


Public Health Scotland’s COVID-19 Early Years Resilience and Impact Survey (CEYRIS): Report4 Final findings


Laura Robertson and Fiona McHardy, The Poverty Alliance (February 2021) The Poverty-related Attainment Gap: A Review of the Evidence. Commissioned by the Robertson Trust


Former Professor of Education at Strathclyde University, Sue Ellis’ response to the Robertson Trust’s commissioned evidence review of the poverty-related attainment gap


Socioeconomic disparities in school absenteeism after the first wave of COVID-19 school closures in Scotland  (January 2021)

Edward Sosu and Markus Klein, University of Strathclyde School of Education

Post-Covid abesenteeism brief – University of Strathclyde

Mapping inequalities in school attendance: The relationship between dimensions of socioeconomic status and forms of school absence – Children and Youth Services Review, November 2020


University of Strathclyde Research Brief (August 2020): Socioeconomic Inequalities in School Attendance in Scotland

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Education Endowment Foundation: Best evidence on impact of school closures on the attainment gap.

The EEF’s rapid evidence assessment examines the potential impact of school closures on the attainment gap, based on a systematic search of existing literature.


Attainment and disadvantage in Scotland’s schools: what may the impact of lockdown be? Research and Policy Briefing (Policy Scotland and Glasgow University, 05.06.20)



October 2017 – Education Scotland has published the framework HM Inspectors will use to evaluate how well local authorities are improving learning, raising attainment and closing the poverty related attainment gap.

Tackling the attainment gap by preventing and responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences
This paper, published in June 2017 by the multi-disciplinary Scottish Adverse Childhood Experiences Hub, has been produced to inform thinking about the impact of adverse childhood experiences and how to use the Pupil Equity Funding to reduce the attainment gap. It highlights key factors that play a role in children achieving their potential.

Approaches to closing the equity gap (National Improvement Hub)


Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality: The Life Chances of Young People in Scotland (July 2017)
Report from Naomi Eisenstadt, Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, informed by a formal review of the evidence commissioned from Scottish Government analysts, and engagement with a wide range of experts; including young people themselves. This report outlines key issues facing young people today, and offers recommendations for government, employers, and for wider society, to improve the life chances of young people from less advantaged backgrounds.

The Report at a glance: State of child health report (January 2017)

This is a comprehensive list of 25 measures of the health of UK children, ranging from specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, risk factors for poor health such as obesity and a low rate of breastfeeding, to child deaths. The data provide an “across the board” snapshot of child health and wellbeing in the UK.

The Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe (CIDREE) aims to improve the quality of European education.

The 2016 CIDREE Yearbook, on the theme of Successful Approaches to Raising Attainment and Tackling Inequity, is available here:

To support our understanding of Child Poverty, Health and Wellbeing, take a look at NHS Health Scotland’s new e-Learning module on Child Poverty, Health and Wellbeing – aimed at individuals working with children. It highlights how poverty can impact children and young people, looks at causes of poverty and explores how you can help tackle these issues.
To sign up and access the module, click the link below:
Child Poverty, Health and Wellbeing – NHS e-Learning module

Dylan Wiliam – Key Drivers for Educational Transformation: Curriculum, Assessment and Teacher Learning

 Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education: A Delivery Plan for Scotland (Scottish Government 28/06/2016)

This delivery plan sets out how the Scottish Government will deliver excellence and equity in education for every child in Scotland.
The actions contained in this delivery plan are closely aligned with the improvement drivers outlined in the National Improvement Framework. In addition, further actions outlined are focused around three key priorities:
• closing the attainment gap;
• ensuring we have a curriculum which delivers for our children and teachers; and
• empowering our teachers, schools and communities to deliver for children and young people.

Delivering Excellence and Equity (Scottish Government)

Summary of a report published by the National Children’s Bureau called ‘Poverty and children’s personal and social relationships’ .

The full report, published in March 2016, is available here: Full NCB report on poverty and children’s relationships

Equity and Scottish Education (The Goodison Group in Scotland Forum Debate 02/09/2015)

Closing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Education (Summary) Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 2014

Full 66-page report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (as recommended by Tony McDaid, Head of Education, Curriculum and Quality)

Closing the Poverty-Attainment Gap in Scottish Education (presentation by Dr Edward Sosu, University of Strathclyde, to the Widening Access to Higher Education Conference, May 2015)

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland 2015 (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) – Full Report and Summary

The Cost of the School Day Report
Link to the full report and executive summary produced by Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland.The project ran during session 2014-15 in eight Glasgow schools with varying levels of deprivation. The Report presents learning and recommendations from children and staff, along with resources to support poverty proofing work in other schools and local authorities.

Carol Dweck article – Growth Mindsets
Education Week article (22/09/15) ‘Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset”

Low-Performing Students – Why They Fall Behind and How To Help Them Succeed
This report published by PISA examines low performance at school by looking at low performers’ family background, education career and attitudes towards school. The report also analyses the school practices and educational policies that are more strongly associated with poor student performance. (10.02.2016)


Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils: articulating success and good practice Research report, November 2015 (University of Durham)


A report which focuses on the gender performance gap in mathematics – boys tend to perform better than girls. It also discusses the gender gap in terms of learners’ drive, motivation and self-belief in relation to their mathematics ability.
OECD 2014 Report – Are Boys and Girls Equally Prepared for Life?

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