Children and Young People

New national school clothing grant

Thousands to benefit from minimum £100 grant.

An estimated 120,000 families will benefit from a new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland as a result of partnership working between Scotland’s Local Authorities and the Scottish Government.

It means for the first time all eligible families, regardless of their local authority area, will have access to the same minimum level of financial support for school clothing.

The scheme will open in time for the 2018/19 academic year with eligibility determined at a local level.

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Fri, 25/05/2018 - 13:00

COSLA comment on school meals

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scotland's Councils are committed to giving all of our children a healthy, nutritious meal everyday.

“Councils do the very best they can and we have seen real innovation in some authorities extending this to breakfast clubs and indeed over the school holidays.
“We are fully aware of the impacts a healthy meal has on the overall learning experience.”

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Fri, 18/05/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on provision of school meal during holidays

"Local authorities have recognised that for many families food insecurity is a day to day reality. Many councils already provide additional support to low income families over and above the provision of term time school meals.
"COSLA’s Children and Young People Board members were keen to get an overview of the extent and nature of that provision and to understand the issues facing councils delivering out of term support. This work will inform any further work we do with partners in the future."
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Tue, 08/05/2018 - 16:00

Local Government fully committed to early learning and childcare expansion

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “As was clearly evident from the meeting of Council Leaders on Friday, local government is fully committed to early learning and childcare expansion to 1140 hours.

“COSLA and Scotland’s Council Leaders are fully behind investment in early years.  

“Getting to this point is a great example of collaboration to date. We must continue to work together to ensure successful delivery of this landmark policy.  

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Tue, 01/05/2018 - 09:03

Almost a billion pounds to fully fund childcare

Funding package agreed in partnership with COSLA.

Almost a billion pounds will be invested annually to fund the huge expansion of early learning and childcare, transforming the life chances of children in Scotland.

Following extensive engagement to reach a shared understanding of the costs of the expansion, Scottish Ministers and COSLA Leaders have reached agreement on a multi-year funding package.

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Fri, 27/04/2018 - 14:30

COSLA comment on Additional Support Needs

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local authorities take a child centred approach, in line with GIRFEC, and work with partner agencies to put in place the support that children and their families need to fulfil their potential in education.

"Tackling the poverty related attainment gap is a key area of focus for local authorities and they will continue to work with partners in their efforts to improve outcomes for children and young people."

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Thu, 26/04/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on public subject choices due to associated costs

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The educational outcomes for our young people are key for all Scottish councils. However, the facts are that we are delivering services in a context of cuts to local authority budgets and a difficult financial climate.  

“Scottish councils support individual children and their families, we will continue to prioritise children and young people services and will continue to deliver excellent services within our budgets.”

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Wed, 18/04/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on ASN pupil teacher ratios

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Children’s outcomes are key for all Scottish councils. We ensure that children and families are supported by professionals as and when this is required.

"However, we are delivering services in a context of cuts to local authority budgets and all services are feeling the pinch.

"We will continue to prioritise children and young people services and will continue to deliver excellent services within our budgets.”

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Tue, 17/04/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on exclusions due to weapons in school

A COSLA spokesperson commented: “Scottish Councils treat any violence incident in school with the utmost seriousness. As with all matters relating to criminal activity, we work in partnership with Police Scotland and other partners to address the matter appropriately.”

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Fri, 06/04/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on safety of school buildings

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scotland’s councils are committed to making the learning experience for all as safe and inspiring and the best it possibly can be. This includes the physical environment as well as good quality teaching.

“The safety of children and young people will always be a top priority for councils.”

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Tue, 03/04/2018 - 16:00