Education evidence

Research strategy to improve attainment.

Plans for a major research programme to strengthen Scottish education and close the poverty-related attainment gap have been announced.

The new research strategy will provide robust evidence of what is working in schools to raise attainment, and to help teachers, schools and local authorities make the most of existing data.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“This government is firmly committed to creating a world-class education system that helps all of our children to succeed.

“To drive improvement and close the poverty-related attainment gap, we need to know what is working in our schools. Indeed, this was a key recommendation of the OECD’s independent review of Scottish education and Curriculum for Excellence.

“This research will give everyone involved in a child’s education – including parents, teachers, schools, local authorities and government - a more robust evidence base upon which to make decisions about how to support every young person in Scotland to reach their full potential.” 



The Scottish Government’s Research Strategy for Scottish Education has been published today.


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