Children and Young People

COSLA comment on autism report

A COSLA spokesperson said: "Local authorities are committed to providing the right support to all children and young people to ensure that they get the best from their education.
"This work goes on every day in schools across Scotland despite the ongoing financial pressures faced by councils. We are currently working with the Scottish Government on many of the recommendations set out in the report and have met with the organisations who produced them.
"We will continue this dialogue in the coming months."
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Wed, 26/09/2018 - 08:13

COSLA comment on school attendance

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scottish Local Authorities support children and their families to make the best of their time in school and attendance is a key part of this work. 
"We work with headteachers and family support workers to provide the best service around the family and to ensure a proportionate response to each individual circumstance."
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Thu, 13/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA response to Audit Scotland's report on children's mental health

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: "COSLA welcomes the report and will work with partners to consider the recommendations made.
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Thu, 13/09/2018 - 07:30

Chair publishes first recommendations for the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce

Dr Dame Denise Coia has published a preliminary view and initial recommendations for improvements in provision for children and young people’s mental health in Scotland. These call for a stronger focus on prevention and more community-based care.

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Wed, 12/09/2018 - 08:39

Vision for school libraries

Pupils shape strategy to help improve literacy and boost attainment.

Hundreds of young people have informed the development of a new joint strategy to ensure every child in Scotland will have access to a dynamic school library.

The national strategy for school libraries is the first of its kind in the UK. The strategy includes 20 action points to support the improvement of literacy and numeracy, boost attainment across the curriculum, and enable opportunities for family learning.    

The strategy will ensure school library services:

Article published: 
Sat, 08/09/2018 - 08:45

COSLA comment on modern languages in schools

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland’s local authorities are committed to ensuring that children and young people have access to the widest possible curriculum.
"We work creatively with the young people, as well as parents and teachers to ensure that we offer modern languages across the local authority area and in line with the requests of the young people themselves."
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Fri, 07/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on primary school start dates

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This is rightly and properly a matter for local democratic decision making.
"Councils take a child centred approach to children’s services including education so the predominant consideration will be how to support young children transitioning into primary school. And making the experience as good and as smooth as possible." 
Article published: 
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on free access to sanitary products for students

Free sanitary products will be available to pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities.

Councillor Alison Evison, COSLA President said:

"Councils work hard to tackle barriers which can get in the way of young people fulfilling their potential in education. We are therefore pleased to be working with Scottish Government and the college and university sector to provide young people with sanitary products free in their schools.

Article published: 
Fri, 24/08/2018 - 11:00

More support for parents

New engagement plan to improve links between home and school.

The first ever national action plan to encourage and support all parents to be fully involved in their child’s education has been launched by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Article published: 
Tue, 21/08/2018 - 12:44

Comment piece from COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson

COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson, Councillor Stephen McCabe

"One of the key priorities for local government across Scotland is to ensure that every child, regardless of their background, gets the education that will help them to reach their full potential.

Article published: 
Mon, 20/08/2018 - 23:00