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Education Reforms

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

One of the very clear outcomes of the implementation of the Scottish attainment challenge and pupil equity funding has been an ever-sharper focus within the education system on the young people who face barriers to fulfilling their potential as a consequence of their background and poverty. That focus has always been in our education system, but PEF and the Scottish attainment challenge have intensified it. As a consequence, we are now seeing real improvements in the performance of young people and the closing of the attainment gap. Data will be published to demonstrate the pattern that that takes in the years to come.