On the Scottish Government site today:
‘The gap between pupils from the most and least deprived areas who go on to university, college or a job after school has closed by over a fifth in one year, new figures show. The proportion of 2016/17 school leavers from the most deprived areas in a positive destination nine months after leaving school increased to 87.6% – reducing the gap with school leavers from the least deprived areas by 22%.’
Particularly encouraging, in a long list, are these massive improvements for one of the most disadvantaged groups:
- The percentage of looked after children achieving at least SCQF Level 5 (National 5 or equivalent) has increased from 15% in 2009/10 to 44% in 2016/17
- The gap in attainment between children looked after for the full year and all school leavers has narrowed from 62 percentage points in 2009/10 to 42 percentage points in 2016/17
This an important announcement on an issue of particular interest to most viewers. However, Reporting Scotland ignored the announcement on the 19th, when it was announced, and ignored it all day on the 20th. Yet, they seem recognise its importance at other times and have commonly reported on perceived problems in the new curriculum. Here are only a few from the last year:
That perceived problems in the new curriculum are commonly reported but evidence of its success is ignored suggests clearly, bias against the Scottish government.
Footnote: I’ll put a complaint in.