The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 sets Scotland apart as the only country of the UK with statutory targets to reduce the number of children experiencing the damaging effects of poverty by 2030.

The Scottish Government has a clear vision for education in Scotland:

  • Excellence through raising attainment: ensuring that every child achieves the highest standards in literacy and numeracy, set out within Curriculum for Excellence levels, and the right range of skills, qualifications and achievements to allow them to succeed; and
  • Achieving equity: ensuring every child has the same opportunity to succeed, with a particular focus on closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

We are aiming to work with Local Authorities across the Northern Alliance and partnerships to tackle child poverty and its impact on attainment within schools. Over time we aim to analyse date to identify the impact of small scale projects and share good practice across the North of Scotland. We will routinely add more to this site as time goes on.

If you are keen to be part of a small scale project, have any ideas that you are keen to discuss, are working on your local authority’s plan to help reduce child poverty or are aware of good practice in and around your area then please contact Scott Calder ( or Jo Kirby (

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