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Mixed Prospects for the Scottish Attainment Challenge?

Mixed Prospects for the Scottish Attainment Challenge?
By Michael Gregson
We should congratulate John Swinney’s commitment to the Scottish Attainment Challenge. £750 million over 5 years, £120 million through the ‘Pupil Equity Fund’. Targeted resources “to improve the life chances of all children and young people in Scotland.”
Following research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Scottish Government’s goal is to raise educational attainment amongst disadvantaged young people, ameliorating prospects despite inequalities in housing, employment, health, life expectancy, income, community safety, environment, and more. What’s not to like? Funding is already supporting Family Link Workers, Literacy and Numeracy work, Digital Technology, Mental health support and other measures across the country. Schools in Glasgow are receiving £21 million.
Isn’t this unequivocally a good thing? Well, I hate to be a party pooper, but I think caution is needed, given the laudable boldness of Government inte…