About the Inquiry
The Committee is holding an inquiry on the impact of experiencing poverty on young people at school, including their attainment and their achievement.
We want to look at what is happening across Scotland, inside and outside school to support school children experiencing poverty. What work helps them and what the barriers are to this work succeeding. We would also like to know what support is not working and why.
The Committee's previous work on attainment can be found here.
The Committee plans to take evidence at five committee meetings in April and May 2018.
18 April 2018
This was an opening meeting where the Committee explored a wide range of topics. The Committee heard from:
- CPAG Scotland;
- Joseph Rowntree Foundation;
- The Educational Endowment Foundation; and
- The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change.
Read the papers for this meeting (pdf 1.6MB)
Read the Official Report.
25 April 2018
The focus of this meeting will be on secondary schools. The panel will be:
- The Spark;
- Prince's Trust Scotland;
- Dare2Lead; and
Read the papers for this meeting (pdf 1.2KB)
Read the Offical Report
2 May 2018
The focus of this meeting will be primary schools. The panel will be.
- Children's Parliament
- Dalmarnock Primary School
- One Parent Families Scotland
- Poverty Truth Commission
Read the papers for this meeting (pdf 814KB)
Read the Official Report
9 May 2018
This meeting will include two panels. The first will have a focus on services provided in the community which affect the attainment and achievement of young people experiencing poverty. The second will be focusing on the role of local government.
The first panel will have representatives from:
- Aberlour Child Care Trust
- Home-Start UK
- Learning Link Scotland
- Scouts Scotland
The second panel will have representatives from:
- City of Edinburgh Council
- North Ayrshire Council
- North Lannarkshire Council
Read the papers for this meeting (pdf 1.40MB)
Read the Offical Report
23 May 2018
The Committee plans to take evidence from Education Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.
Read the papers for this meeting (pdf 1.1MB)
The deadline for written evidence has now passed. Views and experiences of from individuals and organisations have beeen published.
Background on attainment and achievement
Visits and Events
The Committee is keen to hear from people directly affected by this issue and those who work with families who experience poverty and support children's attainment and achievement. The Committee will be holding a number of events to speak with a variety of individuals.
Meet and greet
The Committee held a community meeting on 16 May 2018 at the Muirhouse Millenium Centre.
The Committee heard evidence from parents/guardians/carers, young people and a variety of professionals who are working directly with families affected by poverty.
The Committee has asked the third sector, community and membership organisations giving formal evidence at the meetings on 25 April, 2 May and 9 May to bring along a small number of practitioners and/or service users for an informal dialogue with members of the Committee immediately before the formal sessions.
The Committee plans to visit a school in Dunfermline on Tuesday 1 May.
Community Learning and Development
The Committee plans to hold a discussion group on this topic with CLD professionals on Monday 30 April.