Increasing the ambition, aspiration and expectations of every child and young person

A teenage girl on a climbing wall

• How clearly do I set high aspirations for every learner, every day?

• In what ways do I communicate these aspirations with the learner, parents/carers and colleagues?

• How can I ensure that all of my learners become self-motivated to achieve the highest level of attainment they can?

• How effectively do I feed back to learners about their successes and areas for development in a way that allows them to gain confidence in their ability to learn?

• How do I 'take action early' and intervene appropriately when attainment levels should be better?

Resources

This selection of resources aims to support practitioners in raising attainment.

Improvement guide: Aiming High
This brief summary guide describes some of the characteristics of excellent practice in schools which increase learners' ambitions, aspirations and expectations.
Learning together: Motivating learners
This pack of activities, video clips and extracts from research helps staff to explore different perspectives on motivation and to reflect on their own practice.
Learning together: An introduction to inclusion
This pack of activities, video clips and extracts from research helps staff to explore different perspectives on inclusion and reflect on their own practice in creating an ethos of achievement for all learners within a climate of high expectation.
Setting sights high
This video taken at Campsie View Special School in East Dunbartonshire, shows how it sets the highest ambitions for learners.
Encouraging ambition, to raise attainment and achievement
These video clips illustrate how early years centres, schools and colleges encourage learners to be ambitious, to create internal motivation and purpose for raising attainment and achievement.
Count Us In: Success for All
This publication offers the view of Education Scotland on strengths, best practice and next steps in promoting inclusion and equality to raise attainment for all.
Pre-Birth to Three: National guidance
This resource explores many aspects of the vital role that the early years play in attainment. It looks at pre-birth and brain development and it reflects the principles and philosophy which underpin the Early Years Framework and Curriculum for Excellence.
Lessons learned from the Schools of Ambition initiative
This report describes how several successful Schools of Ambition changed attitudes and ambition to raise attainment.
Raising attainment for specific groups of learners
This extract from an Education Scotland report explores specific issues that need to be addressed for raising the attainment of learners who are looked after, are young carers, have mental health disorders, or who have sensory impairments.
Materials for supporting learners
This web resource explores a range of approaches to providing support in order to raise attainment for learners who need additional support and personal support.
Developing successful learners in nurturing schools: the impact of nurture groups in primary schools
This Education Scotland report looks at what we have learned about nurture groups and the impact they can have on providing a secure and supportive learning environment for a specific group of children.
Improvement guide: Promoting positive relationships
This brief summary guide describes some of the characteristics of excellent practice in schools in which everybody pulls together to establish a climate of respect with high expectations for attitude and behaviour.