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Interventions for Equity

Last updated:
13 June 2017


What is this?

This is an initial framework to support the Scottish Attainment Challenge - Pupil Equity Funding (PEF).  It is based on a range of interventions and approaches that are currently being used in schools across Scotland and will continue to be updated and developed. These are neither exhaustive or definitive but can provide a helpful stimulus for discussions around planning. Decisions schools make about the most appropriate interventions and approaches should be based on effective self-evaluation and improvement planning, including robust measures of impact and progress.

PDF file: Interventions for equity - Diagram (116 KB)

Who is this for?

​This is aimed at education leaders and practitioners working with learners and their families, especially those affected by poverty.

1. Early intervention and prevention

Investing in the early years of a child's life is crucial to developing strong and resilient children and young people.

How can schools develop a literacy-rich curriculum in P1-3 to help to close the vocabulary gap?

Primary One Literacy Assessment and Action Resource (POLAAR)

Talking and listening across the 4 contexts

Transforming pedagogy across the early level: Melrose Primary

Developing nurturing relationships in Early Years in Dundee

Using ‘App’ technology to improve parental engagement in Dundee

Supporting early language development through the targeted use of Early Years Practitioners and baseline assessments in East Ayrshire

2. Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Social and emotional wellbeing is essential to ensure children and young people are included, engaged and involved. Promoting positive relationships and behaviour is essential in supporting children's and young people's health and wellbeing throughout their lives.

Nurture Coaching and Modelling Officers Inverclyde

Aspire Programme Dundee

Nurture groups evaluation and practice in Glasgow

Developing whole school nurturing approaches

Nurturing social and emotional growth using simulated babies in a Clackmannanshire primary school

Counselling Service - St Kenneth's RC Primary School

A creative and nurturing curriculum for complex needs

3. Promoting healthy lifestyles

Increasing levels of physical activity and healthy eating are important in tackling health inequalities. Those living in deprived communities have a higher risk of developing preventable ill-health.

Better Movers and Thinkers

Approaches to physical activity in the primary years

The Clackmannanshire Children and Families Environment Cafe Programme

Healthy Lifestyles Family Breakfast Club in North Lanarkshire

Food, Families, Futures: Summer holiday food and family learning clubs in Dalmarnock and Ibrox Primaries in Glasgow

4. Targeted approaches to literacy and numeracy

Skills in literacy and numeracy are key to accessing all other learning, achievement and employment. Schools should have a focus on high quality pedagogy to improve attainment in these areas for the most vulnerable children.

Support for emerging literacy approaches in Highland

Reading for Success in South Lanarkshire

Park Primary School and Alloa Academy Literacy Project in Clackmannanshire

Raising Attainment in Literacy, Language and Communication - Northern Alliance interim report

Primary Literacy Coaching Programme in Renfrewshire

Clackmannanshire Numeracy and Mathematics Progression Framework

Using a Lesson Study approach to improve learning and teaching in numeracy in Glasgow

Developing writing through effective feedback - Burgh Primary School

A Constructivist approach to improving numeracy - Hareleeshill Primary School

5. Promoting a high quality learning experience

Providing high quality learning and teaching supports better outcomes for all children and young people but particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. High quality feedback supported by quality dialogue helps learners develop an understanding of their learning and what they need to do to improve their progress.

Creativity within digital learning

Learners Leading Learning at Craigowl Primary School, Dundee, through the use of Digital Technologies

Effective observation leading to effective assessment

Dylan Wiliam - Using assessment strategies to support feedback

Using quality assurance to improve learning and teaching in Kirkliston Primary School, Edinburgh

Outdoor Learning as a context and an approach for learning – Middleton Park School – Aberdeen City

Support for literacy skills in Gaelic Medium Education

6. Differentiated support

Identifying and addressing barriers to engagement and learning, in line with Additional Support Needs legislation and Getting it Right for Every Child, contributes to improving the life chances of our most vulnerable learners. Effective and targeted approaches to tracking and monitoring progress supports the identification and removal of barriers to learning.

Monitoring and tracking in Colquhoun Park Primary School, East Dunbartonshire

Monitoring and tracking in Livingston Village Primary School, West Lothian

Looked after and Learning: Improving the learning journey of looked after children, CELCIS

Supporting children with effective strategies in Gaelic Medium Education

Bright Future - Individual Coaching

7. Use of Evidence and Data

Using a wide range of evidence and data is essential to support the identification of those children and young people not fully realising their potential and to inform all improvement work.

Using the Adverse Childhood Experiences tracker to inform targeted support in Glasgow

Mind the Gap – A guidance document for impacting attainment through data analysis in North Lanarkshire

8. Employability and skills development

Preparing children and young people for the world of work and employment gives a firm foundation for their future. Developing employability skills is particularly important for children and young people living in our most deprived communities.

Developing the Young Workforce: Case Studies and professional learning materials

Skills development project across a cluster: Castlebrae in Edinburgh

Development of 'A Curriculum for All' in Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh

Raising aspirations / widening access / closing the aspiration gap

9. Engaging beyond the school

Helping parents to support their children's learning and having high shared ambition, aspirations and expectations are important strategies in raising attainment for the most disadvantaged children and young people.

Warout Family Cooking Programme - Friday Foodies

Family learning at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI

Engaging parents and families: A toolkit for practitioners

A family learning approach to reading- Pizza Reading in Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire’s Tackling Poverty Strategy

Live support for Gaelic Medium Education homework at Gaelic4Parents

10. Partnership working

Developing partnership working can help schools to offer a wider variety of learning experiences for vulnerable children and young people, both in school and in the community.

The Cost of the School Day Programme, Child Poverty Action Group

The 1 in 5- Raising Awareness of Child Poverty Project in Edinburgh

Scottish Sports Futures - Jump2it Programme, YouthLink Scotland

InSync – Pupil Mentoring

11. Professional learning and leadership

Promoting and participating in professional learning and developing practice has significant impact on improving outcomes for learners. Effective leadership at all levels is necessary to drive improved outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.

Distributed leadership in Shortlees Primary School, East Ayrshire

The Role of Continuous Professional Development in Closing the Gap in Educational Attainment (2015)

Uplifting Leadership in Inverclyde

Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) Leadership Framework

Teacher Leadership: Using the ‘How good is our project?’ practitioner tool to support self-evaluation and reflection

Leading and Learning Together in Renfrewshire

Raising aspiration and attainment, in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing at Canal View Primary School, City of Edinburgh Council

Leadership for Equity in Dundee

Families of Self Improving Schools in North Lanarkshire

12. Research and evaluation to monitor impact

The focused use of research and evaluation can help schools to make informed decisions about which interventions are likely to have the biggest impact on the most disadvantaged children and young people.

Developing Action Inquiry in Glasgow

Using Implementation Science to support the implementation of interventions in real world contexts

Collaborative Action Research in West Dunbartonshire Council

Developing Collaborative Action Research to improve impact in Dundee

How young people’s participation in school supports achievement and attainment, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland

Scottish specific toolkit development​

A Scottish specific toolkit is planned to support access to national and international research evidence relating to closing the attainment gap.

This will be based around the EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit. The EEF Toolkit provides an accessible summary of educational research designed to inform discussions on the most effective approaches to improving attainment, with a focus on 5-16 year olds and poverty disadvantage. It contains 34 teaching approaches and interventions, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost.

An initial version of the toolkit has now been made available. This toolkit will be developed over the coming months which will grow to include more Scotland specific content.

This toolkit will be useful for education leaders and practitioners to inform decision making on use of Pupil Equity Funding, raising attainment and improving equity. It can be used in conjunction with the range of interventions and approaches provided above.




Tags:

Scottish Attainment Challenge; Literacy