Over the last couple of days I’ve been following tweets from the Raising Attainment for All National Learning Session 2 in Glasgow with great interest. Even from the tweets it’s clear that there is a real buzz and feeling of purpose surrounding this event. Schools and colleagues from across Scotland are sharing super stories of improvement and how they’ve been making progress and tracking it.
Inspired by the sound-bites and the enthusiasm of those in attendance, I was keen to find out more. (see http://raisingattainmentforall.co.uk/)
‘The Raising Attainment for All Programme was launched in June 2014, the programme aims to support consistent improvement in attainment and achievement through the development of a collaborative learning system which supports the implementation of improvement methodology and enables shared learning across the country.’
The Programme has four Stretch Aims, these are:
- Stretch Aim 1 To ensure that 85% of children with each school cluster have successfully experienced and achieved CfE second level Literacy, Numeracy, and Health and Wellbeing outcomes in preparation for Secondary School by 2016.
- Stretch Aim 2 To ensure that 85% of children within each school cluster have successfully experienced and achieved CFE Third Level Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing outcomes in preparation for the senior phase by 2019.
- Stretch Aim 3 To ensure that 95% of young people within each school cluster go on to positive participation destinations on leaving school by 2018.
- Stretch Aim 4 To provide the leadership for improvement both nationally and locally, across the Raising Attainment for All Programme.
I truly think that all of this sounds fantastic – particularly the emphasis on collaboration. (There has been too much time spent behind our respective doors, re-inventing the wheel.)
Now, I haven’t had the good fortune to be involved in this project, so know only what I can glean from online. Maybe it’s just me, and it’s entirely possible I have misunderstood the whole thing, but I have to admit to having a tiny voice asking me about the ‘stretch aims’…
If we are truly Raising Attainment for All – then why do the ‘stretch aims’ consider only 85% of the children? What about the missing 15%? Will they go to secondary school without having achieved or experienced Second Level in Literacy?
Is the stretch aim stretchy enough? Are we happy to accept that a significant percentage of our children will leave primary school with levels of literacy that will severely impede their progress and prevent them from accessing learning and literature?
Or are we all suffering from a case of fixed mindset i.e. that not everyone can achieve Second Level…
If our true intention is to close the attainment gap and ensure that Scotland is the #bestplacetogrowup and that education here is transformative for all, then surely we should also be focusing on the 15% – because that is precisely where the gap likes to live?
Answers on a postcard please… or in the comments will do… 😀
For more information on Raising Attainment for All and to access some of the presentations, click below: