Pupils still pay the price of poverty
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:45
Poverty remains the biggest single factor in determining how Scotland's primary schools are likely to perform in tests, a Herald study has shown. Writing ability is particularly closely related to social deprivation, with the wealthiest schools doing twice as well as the poorest.
The numbers give a "desperately disappointing" picture of the first cohort to complete their primary school education under a Labour government, according to education experts who say an intense, society-wide effort is needed to eradicate the social deprivation that makes school tests an unfair contest, which the poorest are bound to lose.
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Some parent-teacher associations raise huge amounts for school funds. Is it fair?
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:42
The class of eight-year-olds at Low Port school in Linlithgow are engrossed in the shapes on their interactive computer screen. They are touching frames to colour different fractions. This is a maths lesson, but it could be a game. The children at Low Port start using Smart Boards in primary one and continue throughout their time at the school. "The
internet is your oyster, explains Liz Greig, a teacher in primary 4. "I can go on to Google and get a map, say, and display it for the class. When we are reading, they can all follow the text on the screen. It's much easier to keep them focused."
The school spent several hundred pounds on these popular maths games last year and the pupil council is pushing for more. Where does the money come from? "We approach the trust fund," explains the principal teacher, Anne Cook.
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