Key Points
  • Re engaging with students who were most affected by school closures to promote continuity in their learning journey
  • Designing targeted interventions that meet learners where they are and maximise the impact of resources (PEF)
  • Creating whole school approaches to identify gaps in learning and monitor children's progress
  • Harnessing out of school skills to boost pupils' confidence and improve learning outcomes
  • Overcoming barriers to participation and learning
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Professor John McKendrick, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Douglas Hutchison, Director of People & Deputy Chief Executive , South Ayrshire Council
  • Emily Ross, Teacher, Bualnaluib Primary School
  • Margaret Ramsay, Principal Teacher for Mental Health and Wellbeing, St. Modan's High School
  • Aisling Shandley Deputy Headteacher, St. Modan's High School
  • Peter Bain, Headteacher, Oban High School
  • Louise Connor, Chief Education Officer, Argyll and Bute Council
  • Alison MacAulay, Senior Community Learning & Development Worker , Dundee City Council
  • Kelsey Vials, Community Learning & Development Youth Worker, Dundee Youth Team
  • Dr. Sabrina Collins, Educational Psychologist, Argyll and Bute
  • Meg Thomas, Head of Policy and Participation, Includem
  • Sara Spencer, Cost of the School Day Project Manager, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland
  • Morven Snodgrass, Headteacher, Seafield Primary School
  • Liz Bain, Depute Headteacher, Keith Grammar School

The poverty-related attainment gap in education remains wide and has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out about the steps that your school/local authority can take to tackle the attainment gap and reduce the impacts of deprivation on educational outcomes.

Join Holyrood Insight’s Narrowing the Attainment Gap in Scotland Digital Conference to get an update on a range of targeted initiatives and programmes to reduce educational inequity in Scotland.

This full-day digital conference will be broadcast live via an interactive digital platform.

Understand how to design targeted interventions and measure the impact of the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF), maximising its reach to those who need it most. Hear actionable advice on how to re-engage students and boost their confidence with emotional and mental wellbeing support.

Hear about best practice approaches to effectively identify gaps in children’s learning to provide tailored support options and assess progress. Help students to harness out of school skills and experiences, to enhance their aspirations and progression opportunities.


Agenda
Start

09:30 - 09:45
Chair's Extended Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor John Holland McKendrick Professor in Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University

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09:45 - 10:25
Identifying Gaps in Learning and Tailoring Solutions to Reach Attainment Goals

 
  • Monitoring and reporting progress on children’s skills 
  • Ensuring staff are equipped to identify and signpost children faced with a concentration of disadvantage
  • Reviewing out of school interventions that complement in school teaching
  • Supporting pupils in the transition from primary to secondary school 

10:15-10:25 Questions and Discussion

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Emily Ross Teacher, Bualnaluib Primary School

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10:25 - 10:55
Effective Interventions to Maximise Impact of Pupil Equity Funding

 
  • Gathering data and demonstrating impact in resource allocation 
  • Monitoring progress to measure PEF impact in children’s learning outcomes 
  • Implementing holistic assessment strategies to track improvement in numeracy and literacy skills
  • Designing effective post COVID19 interventions with staff at the centre of the recovery strategy
10:45-10:55 Questions and Discussion

10:55 - 11:25
Break

 

11:25 - 11:55
Wellbeing Approaches to Enable Continuity and Progression

 
  • Fostering social and emotional skills to boost pupil’s confidence 
  • Implementing strategic plans to support staff, ensuring continuity in pupil’s recovery
  • Re engaging with children and raising aspirations 
  • Re-connecting with families and maintaining consistent communication flows on expectations and progress 

11:45-11:55 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Margaret Ramsay Principal Teacher for Mental Health and Wellbeing, St. Modan's High School

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Aisling Shandley Depute Headteacher, St. Modan's Highschool

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Dr. Sabrina Collins Educational Psychologist, Education Psychological Service Argyll and Bute

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11:55 - 12:30
A Regional Approach to Improving Learning Outcomes and Reducing the Poverty- Related Attainment Gap

 
  • Sharing information with local authorities and collaborating to maximise resources
  • Utilising local intelligence to design effective interventions 
  • Learning from local strategies and commitments to close the attainment gap

12:20-12:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Douglas Hutchison Director of People & Depute Chief Executive, South Ayrshire Council

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12:30 - 13:00
Case study: Overcoming Barriers in Remote and Rural Teaching Environments

 
  • Mitigating the digital divide and ensuring equity through digital provision
  • Harnessing the skills acquired from remote teaching and learning during lockdowns  
12:50-13:00 Questions and Discussion

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Louise Connor Chief Education Officer, Argyll and Bute Council

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Peter Bain Head Teacher, Oban High School

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13:00 - 13:30
Case Study: Providing Flexible Learning Solutions that Meet Learners' Needs – Dundee City Council

 
  • Utilising flexible approaches to overcome different barriers for curriculum delivery
  • Re engaging young people through Community Learning and Development opportunities 
  • Highlighting the importance of collaboration to support the learner journey
  • Training young people to deliver peer support for mental health and wellbeing 
13:20- 13:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Kelsey Vials Community Learning & Development Youth Worker, Dundee Youth Team

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Alison MacAulay Senior Community Learning & Development Worker, Dundee Youth Team

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13:30 - 14:10
Lunch Break

 

14:10 - 14:40
Capturing Disengaged Students’ Voices and Embedding Their Needs in the Curriculum

 
  • Engaging with harder to reach students to target their specific needs 
  • Understanding a wide range of needs and expectations 
  • Supporting children under the threshold to avoid them falling through the gaps 
14:30-14:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Meg Thomas Head of Policy and Participation, Includem

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14:40 - 15:20
Whole School Approaches to Tackling Poverty: Practical Strategies to Reduce Families' Costs and Maximise Resources

 
  • Removing cost barriers to participation and learning 
  • Talking about costs and increasing uptake of financial entitlements 
  • Covid-19 and The Cost of Learning in Lockdown 
  • Insights from schools taking Cost of the School Day approaches 
15:10-15:20 Questions and Discussion

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Morven Snodgrass Head Teacher, Seafield Primary School

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Liz Bain Depute Headteacher, Keith Grammar School

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Sara Spencer Cost of the School Day Project Manager, CPAG

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15:20 - 15:30
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor John Holland McKendrick Professor in Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University

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End

Speakers

Peter Bain Head Teacher, Oban High School

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Liz Bain Depute Headteacher, Keith Grammar School

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Dr. Sabrina Collins Educational Psychologist, Education Psychological Service Argyll and Bute

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Louise Connor Chief Education Officer, Argyll and Bute Council

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Professor John Holland McKendrick Professor in Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Douglas Hutchison Director of People & Depute Chief Executive, South Ayrshire Council

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Alison MacAulay Senior Community Learning & Development Worker, Dundee Youth Team

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Margaret Ramsay Principal Teacher for Mental Health and Wellbeing, St. Modan's High School

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Emily Ross Teacher, Bualnaluib Primary School

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Aisling Shandley Depute Headteacher, St. Modan's Highschool

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Morven Snodgrass Head Teacher, Seafield Primary School

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Sara Spencer Cost of the School Day Project Manager, CPAG

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Meg Thomas Head of Policy and Participation, Includem

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Kelsey Vials Community Learning & Development Youth Worker, Dundee Youth Team

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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