MacKay Hannah

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


09:25 Chair's opening remarks

Session 1: Understanding the strategic challenge we face

09:30 Closing the attainment gap - what is needed?

  • 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?

  • 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 in Scotland

  • 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 Poverty to destitution - the real picture in and after pandemic 
Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive, Includem
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  • Deprivation and its impact – current data
  • The picture on poverty before during and after pandemic
  • What we are really now facing after the covid year

11:20 Question and answer session

11:35 Comfort break

Session 3: Delivering effective interventions

11:50 Delivering an evidence based intervention

  • 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

12:10 Keeping those at risk included and in education

  • 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

12:30 Question and answer session

12:45 Chair's closing remarks

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