Last Updated: Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Scotland’s Equity Toolkit

What is this?

Scotland’s Equity Toolkit: supporting recovery and accelerating progress is a resource providing evidence and research to understand approaches, resources and conditions required to support equity and sustainability.

The toolkit has been shaped by practitioners, for practitioners to support the refreshed mission of the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

To achieve sustainability and authentic service design we sought the participation of stakeholders in developing Scotland’s Equity Toolkit from a prototype to final product. As part of this process, stakeholders were invited to participate in a consultation, which closed on Monday 7th November 2022. The range of responses are being reviewed and converted into necessary improvements for a digital launch in 2023.

Who is this for?

Practitioners involved in improving outcomes for children and young people impacted by poverty, including but not limited to, school leaders and local authority staff, youth workers and third sector partners.

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Purpose of the toolkit

Scotland’s Equity Toolkit aims to provide an accessible and adaptable resource for local and sectoral needs and to ensure parity of core messages and approaches to support closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

The toolkit has been designed to support practitioners in their practice and decision making by providing access to a range of evidence, research and practice, and importantly identify the conditions contributing to success in one place. It includes key information which may be helpful to consider or guide implementation and sustainability in different settings.

The toolkit is underpinned by existing research and evidence. It and will be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure high quality information that is relevant and impactful.

The Scottish Attainment Challenge

The Scottish Attainment Challenge aims to support recovery from the pandemic and accelerate progress in closing the poverty related attainment gap.

The next phase of the Scottish Attainment Challenge builds on the evidence set out in the Scottish Government and Education Scotland five year report on progress towards closing the poverty related attainment gap, the Equity Audit, the Audit Scotland report on educational outcomes, and the OECD review.

Improvement questions

  • How effectively do we use data across establishments, local authorities and regions to encourage collaboration to achieve equity?
  • How are we ensuring that children and young people have the necessary information in order to make informed choices and decisions around poverty and equity?
  • To what extent are we considering and ensuring long-term sustainability as part of our planning to achieve equity?