Scotland’s Council Leaders today (Friday) raised real concerns about the impact of removing  democratic accountability from Scotland’s education system.


Commenting following a Special Council Leaders meeting in Edinburgh COSLA’s newly appointed education Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “Council Leaders were clear today on two things. 


“Firstly that the removal of democratic accountability from Scottish education is not the answer to raising attainment and secondly that we needed Scottish Government to listen to what local government has to offer.” 


Councillor McCabe continued: “Council Leaders were clear today that this had to change and change quickly and we call on our listening Government to do just that and listen to what the experts are telling them. 


“That is why my first job as COSLA’s Spokesperson for Children and Young People will be to write to the Deputy First Minister requesting an urgent meeting to discuss these concerns.


“In addition we will be working with parents, teachers and young people across the country to raise awareness of the impact of this approach.”


Councillor McCabe concluded:  “We will also continue to work on the alternative collaboration model which puts the child at the centre and leaves democratic accountability with families and communities and the people they have elected to represent them.


“Children do not come to the classroom equal in opportunity.  COSLA shares the aim to reduce inequality and improve educational outcomes for children and young people in Scotland.  Every child should be supported to achieve their potential.  However, there is a strong body of evidence that attainment cannot be improved by schools alone and we have stressed this to Government from the start.


“The message from Council Leaders today was that now is the time for the Government to listen to Scottish Local Government who deliver education.”

Article published: 
Fri, 30/06/2017 - 13:36