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Chamber and committees

Education, Children and Young People Committee

The Scottish Attainment Challenge


The Education, Children and Young People Committee is scrutinising the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

The Scottish Attainment Challenge was launched in 2015 and is funded by a number of programmes including Pupil Equity Funding. A total of £750m has been spent in the five years to 2021. The Scottish Government has said it will continue the fund and increase the amount of funding to £1bn over five years from 2021 to 2026.

Your views

The Committee wanted to know how well this money has supported children from deprived backgrounds and the impact of the Scottish Attainment Challenge support on the attainment gap. A link to the responses that has been received is below. The submissions from those that have appeared as witnesses are listed in the correspondence.

Published responses for The Scottish Attainment Challenge - Scottish Parliament - Citizen Space


9 February 2022

Academics and Third Sector Organisations: The Committee heard evidence from the University of Glasgow, the Poverty Alliance, the Education Endowment Foundation and the Fraser of Allander Institute. 

23 February 2022

Third Sector Organisations: The Committee heard evidence from Aberlour Child Care Trust, Barnardo's Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and The Prince's Trust Scotland.

20 April 2022

Trade Unions: The Committee is due to take evidence from the Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS), Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and School Leaders Scotland


The Committee has carried out informal engagement sessions with Pupils from a Primary school, with Young People who have experience of being in care and with pupils receving support from Barnardos,


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