In this series, 4th year primary Catholic Teaching Certificate students share the findings of their studies on a new elective course entitled Prophets of a Future not our Own: Catholic Schools and Contemporary Issues.
Hannah Castle, MEduc4 student
The growing attainment gap in Scotland represents a crucial issue which Catholic schools need to face in the 21st Century. What is the attainment gap? It is the growing divide in academic performance between children from low-income areas versus their more affluent peers. Currently in Scotland, the goal is to close this poverty-related attainment gap as almost one in four (230,000) of Scotland’s children are officially recognised as living in poverty, and this figure is expected to rise over the next few years, which the Child Poverty Action Group projects to reach a rate of 38% by 2030/31. A 2014 report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation discovered that by the age of 5, the gap between these two demographics of children sits at 10-30 months of difference. They also discovered that this gap widens as they progress further to secondary school leading to significantly different educational outcomes when they reach the end of their school career.Read more