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Raising attainment and closing the gap - what works?


11/10/2017 09:30






Getting it right

About this event

A seminar with Dr Val Corry

We need Scottish education to deliver both excellence in terms of ensuring children and young people acquire a broad range of skills and capacities at the highest levels, whilst also delivering equity so that every child can thrive and have the best opportunity to succeed regardless of their social circumstances or additional needs (Scottish Government, 2016).

This seminar will explore the policy context and the most relevant academic literature on raising attainment, drawing from national and international research. It will present the background to this key challenge both from a policy and academic perspective, drawing on academic sources and practical examples to support and deepen understanding. Guest speakers will highlight examples from their own practice of how they have raised attainment.

The focus will be on the key factors that are known to impact on a child’s learning and achievement and the drivers to bring about sustainable impact. The seminar will be interactive, with activities to help delegates engage productively with the policy and academic findings, and support them in their own setting.

Key learning:

  • Develop an understanding of the current policy context
  • Deepen insight into the key factors that impact on a child’s achievement
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the key drivers to raising attainment to support delegates in their own context
  • Identify the professional learning needed to improve practice and bring about long-term change.

Who should attend

  • Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Teaching Staff
  • Quality Improvement Officers
  • Service Managers
  • Others involved in education

Facilitator bio

Lead Facilitator: Dr Val Corry

Val Corry is an Education Consultant and former secondary Headteacher, who has over ten years’ experience in senior management roles in schools. Val was part of a small group seconded to work with the Scottish Government to give advice on raising attainment, and she has worked with the Scottish Government and Education Scotland as a Professional Advisor with a focus on raising attainment and reducing inequity. She has worked extensively on behalf of Children in Scotland delivering masterclasses in parental engagement. Val also works with the University of Glasgow, delivering leadership programmes including a Post Graduate Middle Leadership and Management course and Into Headship, and delivers bespoke leadership programmes for schools. Val’s other area of expertise is in transformational change and she is a trained facilitator for Executive Arts Limited, and a Practice Advisor for International Futures Forum.

Co-presenter 1: Graeme Young, Scottish Attainment Challenge Lead Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

Graeme has been teaching for over twenty-four years and has worked in a variety of schools across three local authorities. He was Head Teacher of St Bartholomew's Primary, Coatbridge, for five years. During his leadership of the school, currently the fourteenth most deprived primary school in North Lanarkshire, Graeme had the opportunity to contribute to the Scottish Government Self-improving Schools Pathfinder and was prominent in the launch of Raising Attainment for All. Graeme has played a lead role in the Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC) within North Lanarkshire from its outset and is currently SAC Lead Officer for the local authority, overseeing the entire primary and secondary programme. As well as being passionate about closing the poverty-related attainment gap, Graeme has a particular interest in self-improving school systems and led the development of a network of 'family groups' of comparative schools across North Lanarkshire to facilitate peer support and challenge around data.

Co-presenter 2: Anne Munro, Head Teacher of Bellshill Academy, North Lanarkshire Council, currently seconded to Scottish College for Educational Leadership

Anne was appointed Head Teacher of Bellshill Academy in January 2010. She trained as a Modern Studies teacher and had previously held senior leadership posts in three schools prior to becoming Head Teacher. In recent years Anne has had the opportunity to work with the Scottish Government, North Lanarkshire Council and third sector organisations on developing strategies to support school leaders in using data to improve attainment and achievement for young people experiencing social and economic disadvantage. This work influenced Anne’s area of enquiry for the SCEL Fellowship which considers the way in which a greater understanding and management of the use of the data can support school leaders in introducing effective interventions to address the challenge of closing the poverty related attainment gap. Anne was delighted to become a SCEL Fellow in June 2017 and is currently seconded to SCEL as Lead Specialist with a focus on the Excellence in Headship programme.

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