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Moray’s secondary school attainment gap closes

Moray Council’s Education, Children’s and Leisure Services Committee has heard that the attainment gap for literacy and numeracy in secondary schools is closing.

Following the re-introduction in 2022 of a full exam diet by the SQA for S4-6 pupils, Moray’s results have been held up against national comparisons, showing clear improvement being maintained.

In S4 literacy and numeracy has increased to 88%, which measures 2 points higher than the national indicator of 86%. Over a five year period this has been a 15% increase in attainment in Moray, closing the national gap.

In S5 literacy and numeracy sits at 54%, sits just below the national indicator of 59%, which also sees a national rise of 5%, but signals an increase of 6% over five years and closes the national gap considerably.

Full analysis into the literacy and numeracy breakdown for all cohorts is available in the committee papers.

Head of Education, Vivienne Cross, said: “It’s right and proper that Moray’s attainment record is scrutinised and I’m delighted we’ve been able to see real improvement across the board in this year’s results.

“The education team in Moray, from teachers and support staff through to improvement officers and specialists, are focussed on making sure our young people are given the tools to succeed in whatever they choose to do.

“I certainly don’t take for granted the efforts of all staff and pupils, and we’ll continue to strive for excellence and improvement, while thanking them for their hard work in closing the attainment gap even further in Moray.”

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