DISMAL ATTAINMENT FIGURES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR CATCH-UP, SAY SCHOOL EXPERTS
The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, today reiterates its call for the Scottish Government to set up a catch-up programme for school pupils.
Figures published last week show that the gap in expected attainment between pupils in the most and least deprived areas has increased to its highest level since comparable data was made available, in both literacy and numeracy.
The Commission is now reiterating its call for a catch-up programme to repair the damage caused to children by lost education during the two periods of school closures and the time lost to self-isolation.
In its latest briefing paper, Playing Catch-Up, the Commission calls for:
- A flexible system of additional support for all pupils to put in place to enable educational recovery as quickly as possible. This could involve additional time in school, homework clubs, Saturday clubs and so forth.
- Tutor support to be made available on a generous basis, and be free for learners in receipt of free school meals.
- Urgent steps to ensure that learning at home and/or blended learning are far more effectively supported going forward, with the free availability of far more devices and broadband connections for families who cannot afford to pay for such equipment.
- The mechanisms and resources developed to be used to give additional support to those requiring it in the course of their normal schooling.