Closing the attainment gap

A key priority of the current Scottish Government is to close the attainment gap between the most and least deprived children.  To this end, the National Improvement Framework was launched, which focuses on improving attainment, particularly literacy attainment. The Scottish Government’s delivery plan also highlights a commitment to using research to support them to achieve these goals. 

From 2018, we’ll be offering a new workshop specifically designed for teachers interested in language, literacy and closing the poverty related attainment gap. Details of this workshop can be found below:

Workshop title: Language, literacy and closing the attainment gap

Workshop descriptor:
Current priorities of the Scottish Government are to close the poverty related attainment gap in education and raise literacy attainment in general. This workshop provides a research informed approach on how teachers and teaching assistants can most effectively do both. The workshop covers a range of topics, including addressing early language differences, supporting early reading acquisition and development, developing reading for pleasure and working with parents.
This workshop is aimed at developing knowledge, confidence and expertise among teachers to improve literacy attainment in general, and close the poverty related attainment gap.

This course aims to develop understanding and expertise around:

  • Poverty related differences in children’s language and literacy skills
  • How to best support early reading acquisition and development, for children starting school with weak language abilities
  • The role of reading for pleasure in improving literacy attainment
  • Working with parents to support children’s language and literacy skills.

This course is for:
Primary teachers and classroom assistants as well as school leaders with key responsibilities for reading development.

To book a place, please visit: Professional learning