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Scottish Attainment Challenge
The Scottish Attainment Challenge was launched in February 2015 and the aim is to raise attainment and reduce educational inequity for all of Scotland’s children and young people to ensure that every child and young person has the same opportunity to succeed. The £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund is a targeted initiative that focuses on improvement activity in specific areas of Scotland with the highest concentrations of deprivation.

The Challenge Authorities are currently Glasgow, Dundee, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire, North Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire and Renfrewshire.

Innovation Fund
The Innovation Fund was set-up in January 2016 to improve educational attainment in schools across Scotland, and projects to improve literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing for children adversely impacted by deprivation were identified and funded. The Innovation Fund was initially launched with an allocation of £1.5 million and this was increased to £3.5 million in June 2016.

Outdoor Learning as an integral part of projects to raise educational attainment is being championed by East Ayrshire, Falkirk, South Ayrshire and West Lothian.

Information about these projects can be obtained from:

‘COACh – Curriculum Outdoors Attainment Challenge’
Natalie White, Learning Outdoors Support Team, East Ayrshire Council, St Joseph’s Academy, Grassyards Road, KILMARNOCK, KA3 7SL. Tel: 01563 551457. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

'Outdoor Learning Hubs'
Mike Harvey, Low Port Centre, 1 Blackness Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7HZ, Tel: 01506 284400. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">

Jane Jackson, Camelon Education Centre, Falkirk

Bruce Harris, The Dolphin House, South Ayrshire

Pupil Equity Funding

Pupil Equity Funding is allocated directly to schools and is targeted at those children most affected by the poverty-related attainment gap. From April 2017, £120 million will be provided through the Attainment Scotland Fund directly to Headteachers to use for additional staffing or resources they consider will help reduce the poverty-related attainment gap.

Further information about the Scottish Attainment Challenge, the Innovation Fund and the Pupil Equity Fund can be found on the Scottish Government website and the National Improvement Hub website:


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Going Out There

'Going Out There' is the Scottish framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits. It has been developed in partnership by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education, the Health and Safety Executive, Education Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education, with input from other partners, voluntary organisations and providers.

Click here to access ‘Going Out There’

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