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The purpose of this self-evaluation resource is to support the achievement of equity in Scottish education. It is designed to assist schools , local authorities, regional improvement collaboratives and local and national partners in bringing about further improvement at this time of recovery. It has been used widely by schools and local authorities to support their work in relation to achieving equity.
The impact of COVID-19 since March 2020 has resulted in an unprecedented educational experience for Scotland’s children and young people. Notwithstanding the best efforts of schools, local authorities and national organisations, it is widely accepted that this is likely to widen the poverty related attainment gap.
This resource has been updated to support identification of strengths and next steps in recovery. It now includes challenge questions to support self-evaluation for equity, taking into account learning from the period of school building closure during lockdown.
The document may be helpful as a stand-alone resource but it can also be used in conjunction with other self-evaluation frameworks and is not intended to replace other frameworks.
This revised self-evaluation resource will support the education system to take a closer look at the most effective approaches to achieving equity and help establishments and the wider system, to begin reflecting on the impact of lockdown on learners and learning. The following questions remain at the heart of self-evaluation:
- How are we doing?
- How do we know?
- What are we going to do now?
- How clear are we that we are making progress towards achieving equity at school, local authority and regional level?
- How well are we using our Pupil Equity Funding to ensure sustainable improvements in culture, ethos and pedagogy to improve outcomes for learners?
- To what extent are we considering equity across the four contexts of learning?