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SNP only discussed attainment gap three times.

SNP only discussed attainment gap three times.

Alex Salmond’s SNP Cabinet held scheduled discussions on the huge attainment gap between poor and wealthy school pupils as few as three times a year while literacy and numeracy standards declined, the Telegraph can disclose.

Scottish Cabinet minutes covering the period between the SNP taking power in May 2007 and Nicola Sturgeon becoming First Minister in November 2014 show the at senior ministers discussed “equity of access and attainment in education” an average of six times a year.

But this fell to just three times in 2014, the year of the independence referendum, with only one of the discussions taking place before polling day on September 18.

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