Children and Young People

Consultation on mainstreaming in education launched today

Local Authorities and Scottish Government share the commitment to inclusive education and have worked together with partners over many years in the to the development of legislative and policy frameworks to support children and young people with additional support needs. Working with children and families, local authorities endeavour to Get it Right for Every Child, despite years of cuts to local government budgets which mean the services and resources that support children and families are more stretched than ever.

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Thu, 02/11/2017 - 15:30

COSLA RESPONSE TO VOICE SCOTLAND SURVEY

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: “COSLA is in talks with the Scottish Government regarding the spending review and will be presenting a strong case that Local Government cannot sustain further cuts, as experienced over the last two years, without significant impact on services and jobs, and most importantly the communities we serve to protect.

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Thu, 19/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA REPONSE TO MISSING CHILDREN IN EDUCATION

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA wishes to emphasise that we place the utmost importance on keeping children and young people safe. From our work with councils, we know that the highest incidences of this are found in cities where there are very mobile populations particularly where families come from a range of backgrounds.

"Scottish Local authorities take a number of steps to keep children safe, for example, Glasgow employs Slovakian home link workers who work with families and who have built contacts across Europe to try to track children who have returned to Europe.

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Wed, 11/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO FIRST MINISTER’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON MULTIYEAR EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE FUNDING

A COSLA Spokesperson said:

“Local authorities across Scotland are committed to the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare and COSLA very much welcomes Scottish Government's commitment to fully fund this expansion. 

"However, COSLA is surprised by the funding announcement today as these figures have not been developed in partnership with local authorities nor have we been privy to the basis of the calculation. 

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Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:32

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON KNIVES IN SCHOOLS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “All Councils will have their own processes in place for such incidents. Councils treat any form of violence with the utmost seriousness.”

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Fri, 11/08/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON SCHOOL CLOTHING GRANTS

A COSLA Spokesperson said:
 
"Scotland’s Councils are committed to doing the very best for the communities they are elected to represent – especially those people in the most need. However, years of UK Government austerity and a lack of investment in public services takes its toll. This coupled with year on year cuts to council budgets from the Scottish Government has meant that councils have had to make extremely difficult decisions across all areas of their expenditure.
 

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Thu, 10/08/2017 - 16:00

CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF SCOTLAND'S YOUNG PEOPLE

COSLA celebrates the success of Scotland’s young people in achieving positive outcomes and positive destinations.

Local Authorities across Scotland today welcome the publication of results which reflect the wide variety of learning pathways which our children and young people can access. The system in Scotland has come a long way from holding the number of Highers which a student achieves as being the ultimate marker of success.

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Tue, 08/08/2017 - 08:54

AGENDA ARTICLE BY COUNCILLOR STEPHEN MCCABE

Agenda article by Councillor Stephen McCabe, newly appointed COSLA Spokesperson on Children and Young People, writing in a personal capacity.

"It may come as a surprise to some, but I agree with much of what John Swinney had to say in his ‘Agenda’ piece of 13 June on Education Governance.

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Mon, 07/08/2017 - 08:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON EDUCATION GOVERNANCE

"COSLA is keen to work with the Government on a joint approach to regional collaboration. Local government recognises the benefits of partnership working and the sharing of good practice.

It is critical, however, that any regional partnerships established are directly accountable to democratically elected local Councils. We believe Councils should have a key role in driving improvements in attainment and closing the so-called attainment gap.

"If the Government gives us the resources we can deliver on these common objectives.”

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Fri, 04/08/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON CONSULTATION RESPONSES - SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH HEALTHCARE NEEDS IN SCHOOLS

Councillor Stephen McCabe COSLA’s Children and Young People Spokesperson said: “We are clear that services should be integrated around the needs of each child in line with the GIRFEC approach. That is the aim and intention of all Scottish local authorities.

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Fri, 04/08/2017 - 16:00