Attainment Challenge

The Scottish Attainment Challenge is about achieving equity in educational outcomes, with a particular focus on closing the poverty-related attainment gap. Equity can be achieved by ensuring every child has the same opportunity to succeed. The First Minister launched the Scottish Attainment Challenge in February 2015 to bring a greater sense of urgency and priority to this issue. It is underpinned by The National Improvement Framework, Curriculum for Excellence and Getting it Right for Every Child.
Active Schools Assistants are in place to:

  1. Increase participation in sport within school. We organise a number of breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs to encourage children to take part in sport and physical activity.
  2. Create more pathways for the school and links to local clubs and opportunities. We engage closely with the local communities to provide more opportunities for children in these areas to participate in activities out with school, such as CLD, community builders and local community centres. By providing these opportunities for the children to participate in the local community it will lead to more participation in clubs in the wider area. 
  3. Inspire children – as well as providing opportunities for the children to take part in clubs the Active Schools Assistants also look for ways to enable the children to attend sporting events on both local and international level. Children from Dalmilling attending The Open at Troon recently, several children from Braehead attended a recent Scotland football game and pupils from Newton & Braehead will be going to watch Andy Murray play in the Davis Cup in Glasgow in September! It is hoped that  attending these events will help inspire children to participate in sport and give them a greater experience of sporting events.
The Scottish Attainment Challenge will focus and accelerate targeted improvement activity in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in specific areas of Scotland. It will also support and complement the broader range of initiatives and programmes to ensure that all of Scotland’s children and young people reach their full potential.

The Scottish Government’s ambition is for Scotland to be the best place to grow up. To achieve that we need to raise attainment and reduce educational inequity for all of Scotland’s children and young people. Attainment is the measurable progress which children and young people make as they advance through and beyond school, and the development of the range of skills, knowledge and attributes needed to succeed in learning, life and work.

Attainment Challenge in South Ayrshire

As part of the Scottish Government initiative to close the attainment gap South Ayrshire Council chose three schools which they felt would benefit most from this initiative. The three schools chosen were Braehead Primary, Dalmilling Primary and Newton Primary. All three schools now have an Active Schools Assistant, these individuals worked solely in the school to assist the Active Schools Coordinator in providing more sporting opportunities for children.

Contact Us

If you would like your child to get involved in any after school clubs or sport clubs please do not hesitate to contact the Active School Assistant based at your child’s school:

Braehead Primary – Chloe McDowall

Dalimilling Primary – Gemma Gillan

Newton Primary – Aiden McLean

St Johns Primary – TBC


Who to contact

Liam Mullan
Dalmilling PS
Email Liam

Adam McGovern
Braehead PS
Email Adam

Greg Vernon
Newton PS
Email Greg

Rory Tait
St Johns PS
Email Rory 


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Get involved in Active Schools

To discuss how to increase sport and physical activity opportunities within your school, or to volunteer with Active Schools please contact us on 01292 294191 or email us at