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Tough new targets for schools to get more disadvantaged pupils to pass Highers

Oct 5, 2017 by

A key target of the Scottish Government is to increase the percentage of pupils from the poorest backgrounds securing at least one Higher

THREE quarters of pupils from the poorest backgrounds in Scotland should leave school with at least one Higher by 2025, the government has recommended.

The ambitious target is contained in a consultation on a raft of new measures to assess whether Scottish schools are closing the attainment gap between rich and poor.

Currently just 40 per cent of pupils from the most disadvantaged areas get one or more Highers compared to 81 per cent from the wealthiest.

Ministers want to “substantially eliminate” the gap between Scotland’s most and least deprived pupils within a decade.

In addition to exam targets they plan to use a range of measures to assess progress in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing for children aged between three and 18.

 

Source: Tough new targets for schools to get more disadvantaged pupils to pass Highers | HeraldScotland

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