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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Outdoor Learning Hubs’
Mike Harvey, Low Port Centre, 1 Blackness Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7HZ, Tel: 01506 284400. E-mail: email@example.com
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: