Date lodged: 29 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what work it is undertaking to provide schools with evidence-based information on the interventions that will most effectively reduce the attainment gap.
Answered by: John Swinney 25 April 2017
Online materials have been published this year through Education Scotland's National Improvement Hub to give teachers and school leaders access to effective interventions to help close the poverty related attainment gap which are based on practice examples from around Scotland. We continue to work with partners to ensure this suite of materials is continuously updated and refreshed with examples of successful approaches. This includes working with the Education Endowment Foundation to provide a dedicated Scottish specific version of its toolkit data and application interface. An initial version was launched on 15 February 2017. Additionally on 18 April 2017 A Research Strategy for Scottish Education was published which sets a framework for activity on how the most relevant evidence can be made available to all levels of the school system.