Part­ner­ship will com­bat at­tain­ment gap

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Pupils at pri­mary schools in the Glas­gow City Coun­cil area are set to ben­e­fit from a new part­ner­ship with Ed­in­burgh based en­ter­prise Sum­dog.

Pri­mary three, four and seven pupils at Castle­ton, John Paul II, To­ry­glen, St Brigid’s, Miller, Croft­foot and King’s Park will be given ac­cess to a on­line games-based learn­ing sys­tem. The project is aimed at clos­ing the ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment gap in the city.

A spe­cific fo­cus for the part­ner­ship will be to raise at­tain­ment amongst Glas­gow pupils from the most de­prived back­grounds and to close the ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment gap.

The ma­jor­ity of pupils tak­ing part in the re­cent Glas­gow schools study, which demon­strated the ef­fec­tive­ness of Sum­dog in im­prov­ing at­tain­ment in maths and nu­mer­acy, at­tended schools in ar­eas of high de­pri­va­tion, as mea­sured in the 2012 Scot­tish Index of Mul­ti­ple De­pri­va­tion.

Set up in 1994 and head­quar­tered in Ed­in­burgh, over 2.8 mil­lion chil­dren in 88 dif­fer­ent coun­tries now use Sum­dog’s on­line learn­ing sys­tem.

The part­ner­ship with Glas­gow City Coun­cil is the first to be con­cluded by Sum­dog with a lo­cal au­thor­ity in Scot­land. Bailie Liz Cameron, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for chil­dren, young peo­ple and life­long learn­ing at Glas­gow City Coun­cil said:“We were gen­uinely im­pressed by the re­sults of the re­cent study of the use of Sum­dog in Glas­gow Coun­cil schools – par­tic­u­larly since a ma­jor­ity of pupils tak­ing part were from schools lo­cated in ar­eas of high de­pri­va­tion.

“It’s great to see how en­thu­si­as­tic pupils are about learn­ing us­ing Sum­dog.”

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