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.
The Committee's previous work on attainment can be found here.
Views and experiences of from individuals and organisations are being published.
We want to hear from you
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. Last but not least, we would like to hear about what works in your area that could work elsewhere in Scotland.
We want to hear from those with practical experience who can tell us from personal experience what needs to change. If you are a parent/guardian/carer, a young person, a teacher or other school staff or someone who works with young people and/or families who experience poverty, the Committee wants to hear from you.
Although we have questions for different people below, please feel free to answer any of the questions. Please respond by Thursday 22 March 2018 if you can, or call us if you want to tell us something but won’t be able to reply by then.
If you would be happy to consider speaking to us in person, either at an informal meet and greet event or at a formal committee meeting, please say so in your response. Or if you would like more information about what that would involve call on 0131 348 5204 or email us.
Also if you do not have time to respond in lots of detail, just send us details of any project or other work that you take part in that you would like to recommend to the Committee. This could be as little as a short email with a few hyperlinks to whatever you want to highlight email@example.com.
For parents/carers/guardians experiencing poverty, if you want to could you share:
- How your children have been supported (in school or outside school)?
- What was good about it and what could have been better?
- How has this impacted on what the children in your family have achieved?
- What other things might support your children in achieving at school?
How to respond.
For children and young people of school age experiencing poverty:
- How have you been supported (in school or outside school)?
- What was good about it? What could have been better?
- How has this impacted on how you get on at school including achievements?
- What other things would support you to achieve at school?
How to respond.
For teachers and other school staff:
- What has your school done to support children from families affected by poverty? What has worked well and what barriers have there been to success?
- Are there any services that your school has not been able to provide that you believe would work?
- How do services provided outside of school support families who are affected by poverty help with educational attainment?
- What else could be done to support the attainment of children and young people from families affected by poverty?
How to respond.
Other people who work to support young people who experience poverty, including work that helps attainment and achievement at school (this could be work that links in with a school or totally separate to school life):
- How has your work supported the educational attainment of children and young people? What has worked well and what barriers have there been to success?
- Are there any services that you / your organisation has not been able to provide that you believe would work?
- If you work with schools/local authorities/others to address school attainment and wider achievement, what makes collaboration on this issue easy/difficult?
- What else could be done to support the attainment /achievement of children and young people from families affected by poverty?
How to respond.
How to respond
To respond all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No longer than 4 sides of A4 please.
Your response will be provided to the Committee and be published on the Scottish Parliament’s website. If you want to make an anonymous submission, for example if you want to tell us personal details of your experiences but, as a result, do not want to be identified, please just let us know.
More detail is available in our policy on handling written submissions: http://www.parliament.scot/help/31037.aspx
Other formats or languages
You may also send your views in hard copy to:
Education and Skills Committee
We welcome written evidence in any language.
Formal evidence sessions
As well as gathering your views in writing the Committee would like to hear from teachers, practitioners, parents and young people at its formal meetings. Formal meetings are in public. Committee members ask questions of a panel of people about their experiences and views (you only need answer the questions you wish). This is a great opportunity to get your voice heard in your Parliament and to seek to bring about changes you would wish to see.
Provisional Dates for evidence taking
The Committee plans to hear about people’s experiences of schools’ work to help children and young people who experience poverty on the morning of Wednesday 25 April and 2 May 2018.
On the morning of Wednesday 9 May 2018, the Committee plans to focus on people’s experience of services provided outside of school to support the attainment children and young people who experience poverty.
For further information about the Committee’s inquiry please contact the clerks.
By email at email@example.com
By phone on 0131 348 5204
We also welcome calls using the Text Relay service or in BSL through contactscotland-bsl.org/
If you would like to receive this document in Braille, or British Sign Language, please contact us.
Background on attainment and achievement