Attainment Scotland Fund evaluation: fourth interim report - year 5

This report focuses on the Year 5 (2019 to 2020) evaluation of Attainment Scotland Fund (ASF) across Pupil Equity Funding (PEF), Challenge Authority and Schools Programme Funding streams.


1 For further information on CECYP see:

2 Education+and+Early+Learning+and+Childcare+funding+flexibility+-+May+2020.pdf (

3 Cost of the School Day is a Child Poverty Action Group project which aims to understand and address financial barriers at school. The project is in receipt of Scottish Attainment Challenge funding through the national programmes. For further information see Cost of the School Day | CPAG. Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub includes a practice exemplar on Cost of the School Day (

4 MCR Pathways is a national charity providing mentoring to young people which a number of Challenge Authorities have worked in partnership with to deliver work streams locally.

5 East Ayrshire Council and Renfrewshire Council were added as Challenge Authorities in 2016.

6 Grades in these qualifications in 2020 were initially awarded based on an Alternative Certification Model (ACM) but, following a Ministerial direction, the final awarded grades were based on teacher estimates. The results for those learners who were awarded a higher grade under the ACM approach were retained. The resulting 2020 National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher pass rates were higher than in previous years.



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