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ONLINE CONFERENCE Tackling poverty and attainment in Scotland: The challenge beyond pandemic


09:25 Chair's opening remarks
Tam Baillie, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant in the field of children’s rights; and former Children and Young People’s Commissioner (Scotland) 

Session 1: Understanding the strategic challenge we face

09:30 Closing the attainment gap - what is needed?
Jim McCormick, Chief Executive, The Robertson Trust 

  • What does the attainment gap now look like?
  • Promoting best practice
  • Beyond schools – understanding what it takes

09:50 Poverty and attainment - what does effective prevention look like?
Dr Laura Robertson, Researcher, The Poverty Alliance 

  • Why is there an attainment gap and where does it start?
  • Early intervention - tackling the gap before school
  • Supporting families and what works

10:10 Question and answer session

10:25 Comfort break

Session 2: The picture on the ground

10:40 Cost of the school day - understanding it and tackling it
Sara Spencer, Cost of the School Day Project Manager, CPAG

  • The relationship between cost, children’s well-being and ability to participate
  • How to reduce the educational impact of cost
  • Delivering change nationally to end the ‘learning levy’

11:00  Delivering attainment support
SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive, Aberlour

  • Understanding attainment focused interventions
  • Improving attendance, well being and achievement – what is possible?
  • What support is available, where should you start?

11:20 Question and answer session

11:35 Comfort break

Session 3: Delivering effective interventions

11:50 Should we start talking about the wellbeing gap?
Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive, includem
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  • Destitution and its impact – current data
  • What gets in the way of children and young people achieving their potential?
  • How do we address the poverty of time, aspiration and hope

12:10 Delivering an evidence based intervention
Claire Barton, Head of Services, includem

  • Developing evidenced based approaches and finding evidence
  • It takes a village - building capacity across individuals, families, communities, professionals, partners and council services
  • Multi-layered and tailored approaches to delivery

12:30 Keeping those at risk included and in education
Meg Thomas, Head of Research, Policy and Participation, includem

  • Who is at risk and why?
  • What are the key factors in engaging young people likely to be excluded?
  • How and why delivering engagement, self-worth, wellbeing and self-awareness support works

12:50 Question and answer session

13:05 Chair's closing remarks
Tam Baillie, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant in the field of children’s rights; and former Children and Young People’s Commissioner (Scotland) 

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This was an excellent day with much to think about.

Alison Motion, Grounds for Learning,
Delegate at Raising Young Scots Conference, November 2017