Dr Gale MacLeod, Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, on ‘Closing the gap’.
Sue Ellis, Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde, on ‘Poverty, literacy, and the attainment gap’.
1. Which children in my class live in poverty? 2. What are the challenges they face? 3. What can I do tomorrow and in the longer term to help that child achieve? The suggested readings are: Sosu and Ellis Closing the attainment gap in Scottish Education. York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/closing-attainment-gap-scottish-education BERA IINSIGHTS: The Achievement Gap: Are parents or schools responsible? London, BERA https://www.bera.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Insights-Achievement-Gap-revised-v3.pdf SCCYP and Save the Children: Learning Lessons: Young people’s views on poverty and education in Scotland Edinburgh, SCCYPhttp://www.sccyp.org.uk/ufiles/Learning-Lessons.pdf Tackling Poverty in Renfrewshire: Report of Renfrewshire’s Tackling Poverty Commission. Paisley, Renfrewshire Councilhttp://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/wps/wcm/connect/b74e4e63-e549-4fbf-987d-9a9d5d981c2e/ce-RenfrewshireTPCReport.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
Terry Wrigley, Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University, on his new book, ‘Living on the Edge: Rethinking poverty, class and schooling‘.