The 2016 Programme for Government pledged to substantially eliminate the poverty and attainment gap within a decade. A tough enough challenge to achieve. Since then, COVID has impacted massively on education, childhood development, the economy, incomes, benefits and curriculum delivery. So where do we now stand in attempting to eradicate by 2026 what may be the biggest driver of long term inequality in Scotland?
This conference examines progress made to date and discusses where we can find and share good practice and innovation. It focuses on how schools, the wider community and partnerships between schools and communities can take practical steps to close the attainment gap.
The Scottish Government has for some time made narrowing the poverty and attainment gap one of its core priorities. In February 2016, the amount of spending aimed at boosting educational attainment in Scotland was doubled to £160 million for the following three years. However, by 2021, that figure had risen dramqatically, with spending of £1 billion announced for the current parliamentary term. The Scottish Attainment Challenge - aiming to improve outcomes for children and young people impacted by poverty - was to transform how we tackled poverty and attainment.
The questions then are - what works, how do we replicate and share success and what can we learn from the successes and failures so far?
Against this backdrop, the conference will focus on four broad themes:
Topics to be discussed
This conference will be a platform to exchange knowledge and share insight on how we move furthest and fastest to tackle poverty and attainment in Scotland. Delegates can expect to:
Who Should Attend
This conference will be relevant for anyone participating in education and related disciplines involved in addressing the attainment and poverty gap. This includes teachers and teaching assistants, school leaders, education departments, social work staff, third sector organisations, academics, crime prevention and inclusion specialists, child mental health and related medical specialists and anyone working in fields related to child well-being.
Emeritus Professor of Management
Queen Margaret University
Session 1: What is the Challenge? How is it Changing? What should we be trying to achieve?
09:20 Question and answer session
09:30 Closing the attainment gap
09:45 Understanding the challenge and the role of prevention
Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive, Includem
10:00 Question and answer session
10:10 Comfort break
Session 2: Delivering in schools - the opportunities and the obstacles
10:25 A school perspective on taking a partnership approach
10:40 The cost of the school day
10:55 In-school case study - literacy intervention
11:10 Question and answer session
11:25 Comfort break
Session 3: Beyond the five hour school day - it takes a village
11:40 Attainment and the wider community - how do we get everyone to help?
11:55 Delivering an evidence based intervention strategy
12:10 Question and answer session
12:20 Six ways to transform attainment - snapshot presentations
What is working? Home, school, community, health - anything that delivers from anywhere
12:50 Question and answer session
Martin Dorchester became Chief Executive of includem in March 2018. Previously Martin was the Group Chief Executive of the David MacBrayne Group, including CALMAC Ferries, Argyll Ferries Ltd and Solent Gateway.
In a career spanning 30 years Martin has operated nationally and internationally with organisations covering logistics, technology and finance. As CEO of Dixon's B2B operation Martin built up the largest Apple reseller business in the UK as well as developing a £100m public sector business. Martin was part of the team that brought the 5 radio authorities together to create Ofcom and worked with the London Borough of Hackney on developing its infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics. Martin is also a keen lecturer and academic and has written a number of papers covering areas as diverse as CSR and Emotional Intelligence in Management Development and more recently on children and young people.
Martin is a Co-chair of the Independent Care Review and a Non-executive Director of CCPS. He has held a number of non-executive roles including: Non-executive Director of Traveline Scotland, The Sailors' Orphan Society of Scotland and most recently Transport for Wales. He is a supporter of Social and Community Business and Chaired Firstport Ltd, a start-up funding organisation for social enterprises.
Emeritus Professor of Management
Queen Margaret University
Professor Richard Kerley is Professor of Management at QMU with a specific interest in public service management. He was previously at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Local Authorities Management Centre, University of Strathclyde . He has also been a visiting scholar at Yale University. Before entering academic life, Richard worked in advertising, hospitality and in prison education. He also worked for four different councils, in adult education and then latterly in staff and management development.
He is currently also a Non-Executive Director with Mainstreet Consulting and a Trustee of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy 2021. He has been on the board of various companies, charities, and arts organisations.
Richard is the author of various books, research papers, academic journals, and numerous articles in the quality print media. His most recent publications include an edited book on International Local Government, and he is currently working on a taxonomy of international local government.
Richard chaired the Working Party on Renewing Local Democracy; the report of which was published in July 2000, and which was legislated for in June 2004 as the Local Governance Act. He has carried out research projects supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Scottish Consumer Council, Alcohol Scotland, The Accounts Commission Scotland, Tayside, Edinburgh and Fife Councils, the Association of MBAs, and the Scottish Government. He has been engaged in consultancy projects by government; local governments; government agencies; voluntary organisations and international education providers.
This conference will take place online.
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