Bridg­ing at­tain­ment is al­ways pos­si­ble

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, With ref­er­ence to your front page ar­ti­cle ‘De­prived chil­dren not making it to univer­sity’, I have been a lone par­ent for the 13 years that my son at­tended lo­cal schools and on low enough in­come to be en­ti­tled to some work­ing and child tax cred­its.

My son was en­ti­tled to free school meals but he chose not to take them. I don’t usu­ally speak of his achieve­ments but he gained seven Highers and re­ceived three un­con­di­tional of­fers from Scot­tish uni­ver­si­ties, one of which he is now at­tend­ing.

‘Bridg­ing the at­tain­ment gap’ is pos­si­ble.

With all due re­spect, don’t rely on State pro­vi­sion, be it ed­u­ca­tion or the NHS.

Both his par­ents con­trib­uted to read­ing to him ev­ery day in his early years, rou­tinely helped with home­work, taught some sub­jects not al­ways of­fered in school, man­aged quan­tity and qual­ity of tele­vi­sion and com­puter use, and took him places and to ac­tiv­i­ties of in­ter­est re­quir­ing lit­tle or no money. Most im­por­tantly though, I feel, my son was breast­fed for more than two years which cost me noth­ing.

Fi­nan­cially de­prived chil­dren needn’t be nu­tri­tion­ally de­prived in

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