Children and Young People

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE AND UNIONIST PARTY RE: SCHOOL SUBJECTS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “This is a very narrow question designed to get a specific response and we all know that statistics can be made to say what you want them to. At present the system and structure enables young people to access courses beyond what any individual school can offer.

“Local authorities have provided such opportunities over a number of years – this is not new to us. We have actively promoted this innovation in the delivery of the education service to maximise the opportunities for our young people.

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Wed, 12/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR EDUCATION REGIONS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “It remains unclear to us what the overall financial implications of these proposals are.

“We would expect new and additional cash for any proposed changes of this scale and would resist  any attempt for it to be taken from existing local government resources.”

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Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT PRESS RELEASE - INCREASING INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “We welcome the announcement by Scottish Government that recognises that local authorities have increased their spending in education – over and above that which is identified as education spending in the Scottish Government settlement – this shows that councils are a safe  of hands for public finance – ensuring value for money and quality above all else. At the moment, headteachers are supported by qualified financial experts and work within a clear public accountability framework.

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Wed, 28/06/2017 - 12:24

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON EDUCATION

The Scottish Government has endeavoured to pull off a conjuring trick by pretending that Councils still have a role in the delivery of education COSLA said today (Thursday).

A COSLA Spokesman said: “There can be no getting away from the fact that the Scottish Government is trying to give the impression that Scotland’s councils still have a role to play  in the delivery of education when the reality is that they do not; the simple truth is that there will be no meaningful local democratic accountability for education in Scotland.

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Wed, 14/06/2017 - 23:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON FACULTY HEADS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Councils use a range of management models to support teaching and learning in schools, including faculty heads.

"The ‘faculty’ approach brings benefits in terms of encouraging a cross curricular approach to the themes in Curriculum for Excellence, to the benefit of the young people in our secondary schools.

"The faculty model combines areas of the curriculum to provide closer subject matter alignment, facilitating closer working relationships between subjects, and delivery of related experiences and outcomes.”

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Mon, 05/06/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO PREJUDICE BASED INCIDENT MONITORING FORMS IN SCHOOLS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Recording and monitoring of bullying in schools is considered in the national anti-bullying strategy for Scotland as “essential”. Specifically in relation to prejudice-based incidents, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission highlights recording and monitoring as a key area of good practice.

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Wed, 10/05/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO REPORTS OF DEFECTS FOUND AT SCHOOL BUILDINGS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The safety of public buildings is of the highest priority for local authorities. When problems were first identified with schools in Edinburgh, local authorities quickly prioritised the inspection of school buildings to check for similar issues. For this reason, the identification of other issues was always a possibility and that action would have to be taken.

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Thu, 13/04/2017 - 16:00

COSLA STATEMENT ON CHILD PROTECTION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME REPORT & SYSTEMS REVIEW

Councillor Stephanie Primrose, COSLA's Education, Children & Young People Spokesperson said:

"The issue of child protection is of utmost importance to our members and it is only right that this matter receives political scrutiny at both a local and national level. That is why I fully welcome today's report on both the systems review and the wider CPIP report.

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Thu, 02/03/2017 - 16:07

COSLA RESPONSE TO ROUNDTABLE ON UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN

A roundtable meeting held today (Wednesday), between First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Equalities Secretary Angela Constance, and COSLA, local authorities and key stakeholders, focussed on a commitment to bringing forward a national framework agreement on unaccompanied children, as well as exploring further funding and capacity support.

Cllr Stephanie Primrose, COSLA Spokesperson for Education, Children and Young People said:

“This is a human tragedy and that is how Scottish Local Government is approaching it – from a humanitarian perspective – first and foremost. 

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Wed, 01/03/2017 - 16:19

COSLA RESPONSE TO EIS RELEASE ON DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY REMAINING KEY TO DELIVERY OF EDUCATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE

COSLA welcomes the EIS response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Education Governance. We note that the EIS, like many of their counterpart associations, have found no reason to remove local democratic accountability for education and instead have focused on improvements to be delivered at national level. COSLA will continue to work with our teachers, headteachers and communities to improve education delivery within a ‘whole child’ approach – providing essential services of which education is only one.

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Fri, 06/01/2017 - 00:01