Closing the Attainment Gap - The Third Sector Response
The Scottish Government have prioritised closing the attainment gap, whereby children from low-income households do less well in education than children from higher-income households. The focus to date has been on schools, and what they can do to close the gap, but the third sector has a bigger offer to make. We believe that decent housing and community based services outwith formal education will contribute directly to closing the attainment gap by reducing the worst impacts of poverty.
This conversation cafe event is aimed at third sector staff and volunteers at any level, who wish to contribute to the discussion. The aim of the event is to identify how the third sector can help, and what changes or resources we require from our public sector (and other) partners to play our part.
There will be brief presentations from Edward Sosu of University of Strathclyde (who carried out research into Closing the Attainment Gap for JRF) and from Alan Benson, Chair of Third Sector Forum, followed by group discussions and idea-capturing.