Every Dundee Learner matters launch


Every Dundee Learner Matters, a new effort to improve the quality of education for all children and pupils, will be driven forward by the sharing of ideas and expertise between the city nurseries and schools.

The children and families services committee will hear on Monday June 21 that the strategy has been developed out of work with 13 local schools under the Scottish Attainment Challenge in partnership with the Network for Social and Educational Equity (NSEE team) at the University of Glasgow and the 

Three guiding principles have been developed to support implementation of the new strategy.

These are

  • Presence – ensuring that all children and young people attend regularly and promptly;
  • Participation – creating a climate within nurseries and schools where all children and young people feel welcome and valued; and
  • Progress – developing policies and practices that maximise the achievement and ambitions of all children and young people.

Addressing inconsistencies

The committee will hear that although there has been improvement in many educational measures, there are still inconsistencies across the system.

This new strategy is designed to address this by using the untapped potential that exists in all educational establishments. It will move that knowledge around the system to drive improvement across all nurseries and schools so that it is available to all leaners.

Children and families convener at Dundee City Council Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “This is an exciting development to help our nurseries and schools support each other in the best interests of every Dundee learner, no matter where in the city they attend.

Expertise across the system

“We know that there is expertise and new thinking across the system and this is a new way to share that more easily through the work of improvement groups and the work of the Robert Owen Centre.”

Cllr Hunter added: “I am grateful for insight that the educational experts from the University of Glasgow are giving us which is helping our nurseries and schools lay the foundations for new collaborative ways of working.

“We are absolutely committed to continuous improvement in the quality of education for all of our children and young people and I am always keen that we can develop new ways of working.

“The children and families service plan, which will also be considered by the committee, shows how we are making progress in a range of areas.

Delivering better for children

“However, we can never be complacent and that is why the creation of Every Dundee Learner Matters will help us deliver much better for our children and young people in the years ahead.”

Professor Chris Chapman, Founding Director of the Robert Owen Centre, said: “We look forward to working with our colleagues to improve life chances for all Dundee’s children and young people.

“While strategies like this are not a quick fix, working collaboratively and taking account of the local context has been proven to lead to better outcomes for pupils time and again.”



We are the Network for Social and Educational Equity, based in the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow. We work with governments, educational institutions, local authorities and teachers to promote educational change.

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About NSEE

The Network for Social and Educational Equity (NSEE) is part of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC) at the University of Glasgow.

It works in collaboration with schools, local authorities, Education Scotland and partner services to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap in young people’s education.

NSEE helps schools to use appropriate evidence and data within collaborative working approaches to critically examine context and current arrangements, make changes based on evidence, monitor the impact of these changes and reflect on what they learn.

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