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Educational Attainment

Our ambition is to enable Scotland's children to arrive at the school gates ready to learn. We will achieve this by helping parents build strong and healthy relationships with their children which will in turn increase their educational attainment and life chances. Martin Crewe, Director, Barnardo's Scotland

Closing the attainment gap for children from disadvantaged families and communities requires a partnership approach and intensive support.

This support needs to take place:

  • Before children get to school
  • In the nursery
  • During the transition from nursery to primary school
  • In primary school
  • In the early stages of secondary school

We call this the Continuum of Support for Better Attainment:

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Our work

To close the educational attainment gap, Barnardo's Scotland focus on promoting secure attachment, promoting recovery from toxic stress (trauma) and building resilient communities working across Scotland. We do this by working in partnership with parents, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, using a model based on this continuum. Read more here.

More information


Barnardo's Scotland response to Scottish Government: National Improvement Framework consultation on measuring the attainment gap and milestones towards closing it (PDF) November 2017


Barnardo's Scotland response to Scottish Government consultation on the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland (PDF) January 2017


Barnardo's Scotland response to Scottish Government consultation on the Educational Governance review (PDF) January 2017


Barnardo's Scotland briefing for Scottish Government debate on the expansion of early learning and childcare (PDF) September 2016


Barnardo's Scotland written evidence for the Education and Culture Committee - Stage One Education (Scotland) Bill (PDF) May 2015


Barnardo's Scotland evidence to Education and Culture Committee's inquiry into Educational Attainment Gap (PDF) March 2015


Responses and briefings prior to 2015 can be found here

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