Highers success exposes gulf between rich and poor areas || The Times || Apr 2020
Pupils from Scotland’s most affluent areas are more likely to leave school with five Highers than those from the poorest are to leave with one, according to data obtained using Freedom of Information legislation.

Scottish Government set to miss targets for reducing attainment gaps in literacy and numeracy || The Times || Jan 2020
John Swinney is likely to fall dramatically short of his target to improve education in Scotland’s deprived schools in a significant setback for the SNP’s defining mission in government, new figures show

Official data reveals narrowing options at secondary schools in poorer areas || The Ferret || Dec 2019
Children in poorer parts of Scotland have nearly 10 per cent fewer choices of subjects in secondary school than those in better-off areas, new research has found

Swinney told civil servants to review fall in Highers pass rate but dismissed concerns in public || The Times || Dec 2019
John Swinney privately ordered his officials to conduct in-depth analysis of the increasing failure rate at Higher while publicly dismissing the rise as “annual variation”, The Times has learnt

Revealed: the gender gaps in Scotland’s schools || The Ferret & The Sunday National || May 2019
An analysis by The Ferret reveals that little progress has been made in closing the gender gap in schools, with STEM subjects still dominated by male students

Workload, stress and pay blamed for exodus of experienced teachers from Scottish schools || The Herald || Jan 2018
Schools have faced an exodus of their most experienced teachers over the past seven years at a time of unprecedented upheaval in the sector

Prince Charles admits he lobbied Alex Salmond over Teach First || The Guardian || Dec 2017
Scottish government releases papers showing prince lobbied first minister in 2013 to promote teacher-training charity