Mind the gap Ross! Green MSP asks question for which answer already exists

Jeanne, Jeanne, please ah, have a word with, mah, John about taking over education, mah, for us in return for one of those erm section thingies!

At Holyrood on Friday, Ross Greer asked the Scottish Government whether it would provide details of the consultation that it undertook to establish appropriate measures on the poverty-related attainment gap. John Swinney gave a long answer but it’s less interesting than you deserve. See it at:

https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20200116.pdf

This gives me a reason to remind everyone that there is already evidence of good progress and contrary, of course, to the media rhetoric of imaginary failure in Scotland’s schools:

‘94.4% of pupils had a ’positive destination’ including work, training or further study within three months of leaving school last year, official statistics show. The figures also reveal that the gap between those from the most and least deprived communities achieving a positive destination has halved since 2009/10, with an increase in positive destinations for school leavers, from both backgrounds. Over the same period there have been increases at all levels of attainment – the qualifications young people are achieving. For the first time more than 30% of pupils left school with a minimum of five passes at Higher Level or better, up from 22.2% in 2009/10. The gap between those from the most and least deprived areas achieving a pass at Higher Level or better is now at a record low, reducing for the eighth successive year.’

https://news.gov.scot/news/record-high-for-school-leavers-in-positive-destinations

Meanwhile in Tory England:

Progress to close the achievement gap for poorer pupils in England’s secondary schools is almost at a “standstill”, say researchers. “For the first time in several years, the gap between poorer pupils and their peers at GCSE has stopped closing,” says report author Jo Hutchinson.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-49150993

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5 thoughts on “Mind the gap Ross! Green MSP asks question for which answer already exists

  1. Meanwhile in Tory England. A selection of articles about the situation in schools in England. The articles have appeared in the Guardian in 2018-19

    Schools ask BBC’s Children in Need to cover funding gap.

    Some English schools cannot afford to teach 5 days per week.

    More than 300 English primary schools forced to become academies.

    ‘Vanity Project’: debts pile up for English free schools scheme.

    Sats results show 39% of primary pupils failed to meet standard

    More than 6000,000 pupils in England taught by unqualified teachers

    40,000 children trapped in zombie academy schools.

    More than 49,000 pupils ‘disappeared’ from Engllish schools

    Sunderland school suspends more than half its pupils in a year.

    England’s children’s commissioner calls for police in schools.

    Revealed one in six schools in England require urgent repairs

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  2. Meanwhile in Tory NHS England. From the Guardian in the past week. Hospitals so overcrowded they have rented hotel rooms and instructed clinicians to discharge patients to free up beds even if it may harm the patients. A new term has been coined – ‘corridor nursing’s- when all the beds in a ward are occupied and patients end up being nursed in the corridor

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/14/cornwall-hospital-to-discharge-patients-early-despite-risks

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/19/bed-shortages-leave-sunderland-patients-to-sleep-overnight-in-ae

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  3. And the U.K. Government claims they can’t ‘afford it’ as well, like their criminal justice system and the NHS ,,, etc.

    Richard Muphy has posted an excellent video of a talk telling us exactly why a government deficit is good, necessary even, and if you understand it, it’ll make you weep at the injustices of Westminster :

    https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2020/01/18/the-deficit-myth-stephanie-kelton/

    (First 10 minutes is boring intro stuff)

    And it begs the question of how our Scottish government can do so much on a fixed budget – imagine the power of a fair government with fiscal autonomy! Not that they seem to have a clue how it works either mind you,,, educate yourselves and force politicians to stop deceiving us on economical matters!

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