Children and Young People

Free sanitary products for students

Additional £5.5 million funding.  

Pupils and students will continue to receive free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities through increased investment of up to £5.5 million.

Last year Scotland become the first country in the world to provide access to free sanitary products for school pupils, and college and university students.

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Fri, 14/06/2019 - 11:18

COSLA comment on future classroom numbers

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Every local authority does detailed roll projection and forward planning linked to local demographic changes.
"Council school estate investment plans will reflect the investment to address any capacity challenges subject to available resources."
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Wed, 10/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "No local authority takes the issue to charge for any service lightly.
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Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA spokesperson said: "Every local authority recognises the value of music education and the contribution it makes to ensuring that children and young people get the very best from their time at school.
"We know that Scotland’s Local Authority Instrumental Music Service teach 60,000 pupils each week, a 10% increase on 2003. At the same time Scottish councils face unprecedented financial pressures.
"To maintain the service local authorities retain the ability to charge for elements of provision.
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Tue, 26/02/2019 - 18:00

COSLA comment on nitrates in school meals

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local authorities adhere closely to established, expertly developed and agreed national nutritional standards. This includes the guidance from the Scottish Government in relation to processed meat."

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Fri, 15/02/2019 - 18:00

COSLA comment on Additional Support Needs

A COSLA spokesperson said: "In line with GIRFEC, the needs of the child are the primary driver when considering provision for pupils with additional support needs.

"Local authorities are committed to ensuring each child receives the best educational experience, which ensures all pupils achieve their full potential. Scottish councils support individual children and their families and continue to prioritise children and young people services within their budgets."

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Tue, 15/01/2019 - 10:00

COSLA welcomes readiness for empowerment report

Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson said:  “The findings of the readiness for empowerment in Scotland’s schools inspection report show that strong partnerships between local authorities, headteachers and schools are already in place. Local authorities are committed to partnership working that ensures every element of the education system is empowered so that children and young people get the best from their education.

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Thu, 20/12/2018 - 11:53

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 - 09:13

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 - 17:00

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 - 08:30