Education Scotland publishes the Scottish Attainment Challenge Recovery and Progress report for 2021-22

Education Scotland has published the Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC) Recovery and Progress report for 2021-22, which gives an overview of what is happening across Scotland to raise attainment and reduce educational inequity.

The report provides an analysis of progress over the past 12 months and outlines how educators, in collaboration with stakeholders and learners, are working to improve outcomes for children and young people impacted by poverty.

The £1 billion Attainment Scotland Fund has been distributed to all local authorities across Scotland to support their implementation of the new SAC Framework for Recovery and Accelerating Progress. Education Scotland attainment advisors continue to support them to make effective use of this funding.

This latest report aims to help all those involved in delivering the SAC, including headteachers, senior leaders in schools and educational settings, and local authorities.

During April to June this year, attainment advisors, in collaboration with SAC local authority project leads, gathered evidence from each local authority regarding progress with the SAC.

They found that the majority of local authorities had improved their:

  • management of the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF)
  • use and analysis of data to inform the poverty-related attainment gap
  • support for Care Experienced Children and Young People
  • provision in Career Long Professional Learning to support the equity agenda

Going forward, all local authorities have pledged to continue to develop strategies for implementing the refreshed mission of the SAC through further developing quality assurance approaches, ensuring a more integrated approach to joint working, and using governance information to target schools that need further support.

Some are disseminating key messages at authority-wide headteachers’ meetings and development days, while others are working to enhance the amount of support being provided to schools and headteachers in relation to their PEF allocations.

This progress report will enable change and support practitioners and local authorities to deliver the mission of the refreshed Scottish Attainment Challenge.