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Survey Shows Good Performance in Numeracy, but Challenges Remain

 31 May 2016

Commenting on today’s publication of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) results focusing on numeracy, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

"This year's survey shows that, overall, Scotland's pupils continue to perform well in numeracy, with most pupils working at or above the appropriate levels for their stage.

It is significant to note that where there has been a dip, it has occurred primarily in pupils from the most deprived backgrounds - underlining the fact that austerity driven cuts, which have deepened the levels of child poverty in Scotland, have created even greater barriers to educational achievement for too many of our young people. 

The survey underlines how poverty continues to be one of the most significant obstacles to pupils performing well. The EIS believes that this needs to be tackled through targeted additional funding in order to provide greater support where it is needed most."