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Scottish Attainment Challenge

​The Scottish Attainment Challenge will focus on improving literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing among primary school children. It will also support and complement the broader range of initiatives and programmes to ensure that all of Scotland’s children and young people reach their full potential.

There are a range of approaches within the Scottish Attainment Challenge that can be used to suit the different needs of children, schools and local areas. These include:

  • extra money for the schools and councils in deprived areas
  • an Attainment Advisor in every local authority to help schools and teachers
  • an online ‘hub’ to help teaching staff find examples of good practice
  • schools can bid for extra money to try out innovative ideas to help children do better
  • existing schemes in local authorities will still continue at the same time.

Why are some schools involved and not others?

All schools can access help from their Attainment Advisor and advice from the online ‘hub’. They can also apply for extra money to run innovative projects which help their pupils do better.

Extra money is available to council areas and schools in areas of greatest deprivation. These are called Challenge Authorities and Challenge Schools.

What difference will it make to my child?

Your child’s teacher will have additional resources that they can use to help your child achieve their potential at school.

What can I do as a parent?

You can help your child by encouraging them and talking to them about what they are learning. The Read, Write, Count website has lots of good ideas to help you give your child a great start in life.

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