COSLA comment on attainment gap figures

COSLA's Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “While COSLA welcomes these figures, we are deeply aware that a lot of work is still needed to tackle this issue.

“The Local Government Benchmarking Framework states that despite a real-time reduction in education budgets of almost 4% in senior phase, the tariff score has improved by 15% since 2011 with the rate of improvement more than doubled for areas of multiple deprivation – in those areas, we have improved by over 40%.  

“While achievement levels remain lower for children from the most deprived areas, there has been a faster rate of improvement within these groups. The percentage of children from the most deprived communities achieving 5+ awards at level 5 and 6 in 2016/17 was 41% and 16% respectively, an increase of 12 percentage points and 6 percentage points from 2011/12.

“Councils have the drive and ambition to achieve better outcomes for all our children and young people, and continue to view the need for a holistic and whole-system approach as essential to continue to close the attainment gap.”

Article published: 
Fri, 16/03/2018 - 10:00