Cleverest Scottish pupils 'a year behind on science' compared to before SNP taking power

The cleverest Scottish schoolchildren are the equivalent of a year’s worth of schooling behind at science compared to before the SNP took power, according damning research.


Think tank the Sutton Trust found that there was no area where the brightest Scottish 15-year-olds “really excel”, with their weaknesses including a “pronounced and sustained decline” in their performance at science since 2006.


Its research concluded that the decline was “equivalent to around a year of schooling” and they were “trailing behind the performance of able pupils in England in most subject areas.”


The study discovered bright children from poor backgrounds in Scotland lag behind their wealthy classmates by more than two-and-a-half years by the time they reach 15.


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