New Toolkit to help close poverty related attainment gap in Scotland

The EEF has been working with Education Scotland to develop a Scottish-specific version of our highly successful Teaching and Learning Toolkit.

This new Scottish Toolkit, which launches today, provides teachers and schools with an accessible summary of the best international research on 34 different educational approaches.

It was commissioned to support the Scottish Attainment Challenge, an initiative launched by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in February 2015 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap. As part of this, £120 million of Pupil Equity Funding will be provided directly to headteachers to use for additional staffing or resources to help reduce the gap.

The Scottish Toolkit will support schools to spend their Pupil Equity Funding in ways that really make a difference to disadvantaged pupils.

In the next few months the EEF will be working with Education Scotland to develop additional material for the Scottish Toolkit that reflects the specific needs of the Scottish education sector, including relevant examples of Scottish practice.

Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the EEF, said:

There’s a whole wealth of educational research out there with huge potential to improve pupil attainment and save schools money, but it can often be presented in ways that have little relevance to the classroom.

Our Teaching and Learning Toolkit gives teachers access to this body of evidence in an accessible and meaningful way, summarising different approaches by cost, strength of evidence and impact on attainment.

A recent independent survey showed two-thirds of leaders in English schools used our Toolkit to inform their spending. I hope this new version will have a similar impact in Scotland.