How to use this exemplar to improve practice
The strategy and action plan can be used to stimulate discussion within and beyond schools into the local community. There are practical illustrations of examples contained within the strategy document that may also be helpful.
- To what extent does our work with partners and businesses ensure positive outcomes for our young people?
- To what extent are we removing barriers to learning and ensuring equity for all?
What was done?
The commission was the first of its kind in Scotland and its recommendations are designed to be delivered in partnership and focussed on making a difference at local level.
The strategy contains six main priorities.
Priorities 3 and 4 are directly related to the Scottish Attainment Challenge.
3. Improve levels of physical and mental health of children in low income families.
4. Close the educational attainment gap between children from low income families and their better off peers.
Part of the strategy was to extend the reach of some of the current successful projects such as the Families First initiative and peer-mentoring projects
There are also three new areas of work:
- Developing new approaches to reading;
- Supporting families with the cost of the school day; and
- A new joint team focussed on positive destinations for young people from low income households.
Renfrewshire's Tackling Poverty Commission was set up to assess the nature, causes and impact of child poverty in Renfrewshire.
The Tackling Poverty in Renfrewshire Strategy has provided a firm foundation for the work carried out by schools regarding equity of opportunity.