Children and Young People

Almost a billion pounds to fully fund childcare

Funding package agreed in partnership with COSLA.

Almost a billion pounds will be invested annually to fund the huge expansion of early learning and childcare, transforming the life chances of children in Scotland.

Following extensive engagement to reach a shared understanding of the costs of the expansion, Scottish Ministers and COSLA Leaders have reached agreement on a multi-year funding package.

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Fri, 27/04/2018 - 15:30

COSLA comment on Additional Support Needs

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local authorities take a child centred approach, in line with GIRFEC, and work with partner agencies to put in place the support that children and their families need to fulfil their potential in education.

"Tackling the poverty related attainment gap is a key area of focus for local authorities and they will continue to work with partners in their efforts to improve outcomes for children and young people."

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Thu, 26/04/2018 - 17:00

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