Education

The Commissioner's office has published work on how poverty relates to educational attainment. This work can be found below.

Education publications

Submission to the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee on Petition PE1319— Improving youth football in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, May 2015. This submission to the Public Petitions Committee consists of:

  • a child rights impact assessment on the registration process for youth football in Scotland from a rights perspective
  • a research report exploring the views of young players.

Read the submission.

See an infographic around young people's views on youth football.

How young people’s participation in school supports achievement and attainment

Dr Greg Mannion, Matthew Sowerby & John I'Anson, February 2015. This research report draws on interviews with young people at seven schools to see if participation is associated with raised achievement and attainment.

Read How young people’s participation in school supports achievement and attainment.

Read the Ipsos MORI report that informed the research.

Read a summary of research from ScotCen that informed the research.

See an infographic for young people around the research.

Learning lessons: young people’s views on poverty and education in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People and Save the Children, June 2014. This joint study examines young people's views on how to better support young people experiencing poverty to achieve at school.

Download a PDF of Learning lessons: young people’s views on poverty and education in Scotland.

Download a PDF of the survey results associated with the report.

Poverty, educational attainment and achievement in Scotland: a critical review of the literature

Anne Pirrie and Edward Hockings, July 2012. This critical review of the literature on the links between poverty, educational attainment and achievement aims to provide a clear picture of recent policy and research relating to addressing the attainment gap and to promoting young people's achievement. There is particular emphasis throughout on developments in policy and practice at the national and local levels in Scotland, although there are some references to salient developments in England.

The review was commissioned in response to the outcome of a RIGHT blether, the national consultation by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Download a PDF of Poverty, educational attainment and achievement in Scotland: a critical review of the literature.