COSLA Education Attainment Event

Name of Meeting: COSLA Education Attainment Event
Date: Fri, 05/06/2015 - 09:30 - 14:30
Type: This meeting is public.
Venue: Verity House,
19 Haymarket Yards,

Presentations from a number of councils and other agencies/academics on:

  • Improving attainment and tackling educational inequality
  • Breaking the link between attainment and deprivation

This event brings together council leaders, elected members, senior officers and representatives of a range of other agencies to discuss these issues such as what matters, what works and what more is needed to close the gap.

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Full Programme:

09.30 – 10.00             
Coffee and registration 

10.00 – 10.05             
Welcome by the Chair

Chris Chapman, Professor of Educational Policy & Practice, Robert Owen Centre, Glasgow University

10.05 – 10.15             
Opening comments

Cllr Douglas Chapman, COSLA Education, Children and Young People Spokesperson.

10.15 – 11.00             
Improving attainment and tackling educational inequality: local authority presentations:

John Fyffe, Depute Chief Executive and Director of Education & Children’s Services, Perth & Kinross Council
The council’s approach to reduce inequality in attainment by improving the school readiness of children with recognised behavioural problems;
(Download Presentation, PPTX format)

Jim Cameron, Head of Schools, West Lothian Council
The challenges of raising attainment at the level of Broad General Education and the council’s approach to tackling the key issues, (Download Presentation, PPTX format)

Terry Lanagan, Executive Director of Educational Services, West Dunbartonshire Council
The council’s work with senior phase pupils & their preparation for employment and further study. 
(Download Presentation, PPTX format)

11.00 – 11.20             
Question and answer session

11.20 – 11.30             
Coffee break

11.30 – 11.45             
Breaking the link between attainment and deprivation:

Sue EllisProfessor of Education, Strathclyde University
(Download Presentation, PPT format)

11.45 – 12.15             
Improving attainment and tackling educational inequality: local authority presentations:

John Butcher, Executive Director Education and Youth Employment, North Ayrshire Council
The development of a whole system change to raising attainment, 
(Download Presentation, PPTX format)

Craig Munro, Executive Director Education, Fife Council 
The council’s evidence-based approach to closing the gap in educational attainment: what matters, what works and what more is needed.
(Download Presentation, PPT format)

12.15 – 12.30             
Scottish College for Education Leadership - the impact of good leadership on improving attainment

Lesley WhelanDepute Chief Executive & Director of Programmes
(Download Presentation, PPT format)

12.30 – 13.15             
Plenary discussion involving all speakers, Cllr Chapman and Education Scotland 

13.15 – 13.25             
Concluding remarks by Chris Chapman on key issues

13.25 – 13.30             
Final remarks by COSLA

13.30 – 14.30             
Lunch and networking

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