Children and Young People

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00

Joint consultation with Scottish Government

Full statement from Councillor Stephen McCabe 

“COSLA is pleased to be carrying out this joint consultation with Scottish Government on the draft National Standard for Funded Early Learning and Childcare Provision.

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Thu, 29/03/2018 - 11:13

COSLA comment on attainment gap figures

COSLA's Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “While COSLA welcomes these figures, we are deeply aware that a lot of work is still needed to tackle this issue.


“The Local Government Benchmarking Framework states that despite a real-time reduction in education budgets of almost 4% in senior phase, the tariff score has improved by 15% since 2011 with the rate of improvement more than doubled for areas of multiple deprivation – in those areas, we have improved by over 40%.  

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Fri, 16/03/2018 - 10:00

COSLA Responds to DFM Comments on Early Learning and Childcare Policy

Responding to a request from John Swinney for Council Leaders to get on board with the Early Learning and Childcare Policy, COSLA’s Education Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “Firstly Councils are on board with the concept of Early Learning and Childcare, but they cannot act in isolation without the staff or money.

“The recent Audit Scotland report clearly showed Scotland’s Councils are fully committed to this policy. 

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Thu, 01/03/2018 - 12:59

COSLA comment on free nursery care provision

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “We are working closely with Scottish Government to cost the delivery of 1140 hours of early learning and childcare, under a model where funding will follow the child. Scottish Government have committed to fully funding the expansion, including payment of the living wage to all delivering the 1140 entitlement, from 2020.

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Tue, 30/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA response to consultation on proposed Education Bill

Commenting as the COSLA Response was submitted this morning (Tuesday), COSLA's Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said:  "COSLA have been speaking directly with all our partners and professional associations including those representing teachers, headteachers, parents and young people to bring together a local government response to the consultation on the proposed Education Bill. 

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Tue, 30/01/2018 - 11:08

COSLA comment on LGBTQ bullying in schools

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA and Scottish Councils recognise that, sadly, discrimination and prejudice continues to be experienced by children and young people in our communities. School staff, alongside other council staff, are working hard to ensure that the school environment is a safe and iclusive one for every young person.

"COSLA participates actively in groups alongside Scottish Government, trade unions and campaigners and will continue to take a leading role to address discrimination and to promote equality across all communities."

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Mon, 29/01/2018 - 18:00