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S5W-07106: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 9 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the report, Global Gaps by the Sutton Trust, which suggests that able students perform worse in mathematics than in most other industrialised countries, what it considers the reason is for this decline since 2006.

Answered by: John Swinney 24 February 2017

The Scottish Government welcomes the Global Gaps report which adds to our understanding of some of the challenges we want to address in our determination to raise attainment for all and close the attainment gap in our education outcomes.

The report is clear that out of 37 other OECD countries and UK administrations Scotland’s performance in maths at the 90th percentile is similar to the OECD average. The combination of the strong foundations laid out by Curriculum for Excellence, targeted interventions through the Scottish Attainment Challenge, the professionalism of our teacher workforce and the strong leadership that exists at a national level put us in a good position to deliver our ambition for Scotland’s children and young people in mathematics and across the curriculum.